by Brian DeRoy
Port of Seattle
For most able-bodied folks, a quarter of a mile walk in a covered walkway may not seem like much. But for those with mobility issues, that fraction of a mile could seem more like an uphill climb on Mt. Rainier.
The Port of Seattle’s goal of becoming the nation’s most accessible airport got closer to reality as it unveiled a new electric cart service to and from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport terminal and the Sound Transit Link light rail station.
In the first full month of use, 20,000 people have utilized the free service.
The cart is part of improvements made to the walkway inside Sea-Tac’s parking garage that include putting up plexiglas panels on the north side to shield travelers from wind and rain.
“Knowing 20,000 people have used this free service in just one month is a testament to customer service and our commitment to serving all of our passengers,” said Port of Seattle Commissioner Stephanie Bowman. “In the future, we’re working with the Open Doors Organization to go through the entire airport and give us strategies of how to make Sea-Tac accessible to all.”