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Blog Hiatus – and Cats!

Dear readers, we probably don’t have to tell you that this hasn’t always been the world’s most user-friendly blog. But we’re changing that!

Coming soon, a new blog that’s easy on the eyes and allows things like pictures and comments. I know, FANCY!

We’ll be going quiet for a while in the interim, but in the meantime, check out this post from Januted’s ‘Adventures of Travel Cat’ series, featuring photos taken by yours truly!

We’ll be back soon with a shiny new blog, and until then, safe travels!

Bill Brings SEA-TAC into the 21st Century

A bill that cleared the Senate this month means an air traffic control system upgrade for SEA-TAC – and that means shorter flights, which is good news all around.

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., says the bill will mean 12,000 local jobs, planes using less fuel, shorter wait times at the airport, and more.

Sound too good to be true? Time will tell.

‘Tis the Season for ‘Best of’ Lists…

And we’re here go give you the Best of the ‘Best of’ in the world of travel.

Got that?

Here’s a great one from travel expert Wendy PerrinThis year’s Top Travel Specialists.

And when it comes to airport parking? We all know where those in-the-know go.

Off-Site SEA Parking Expansion Debated

An off-site parking vendor serving Seattle Tacoma International Airport has put forward proposals to extend the parking lot as part of a long-term development strategy.

The plan put forward by the owner of the off-site lot proposes extending the lot by annexing the property to the south. The effect of this would be to more than double the size off its current operation. Part of the debate around the issue is happening because in order for the lot to extend, the property to the south would need to be reclassified so passengers would be able to park there.

Another issue that is currently being debated is the longer term prospects for the off-site lot serving SeaTac Airport. The owner of the lot believes that the nearby SR-509 will one day be extended, which would have the impact of increasing traffic in the area, and one part of the proposal is to eventually build a hotel on the same site.

The proposals are currently being debated by SeaTac City Council, but it is proving to be somewhat contentious for several members of the council, so the debate continues.

For passengers looking for parking near Seattle Tacoma International Airport, there are currently multiple off-site parking lot options. There are around 20 off-site parking choices for travelers, with a range of facilities and parking options (including long and short term) on offer. Passengers can also benefit from a free shuttle bus to take them from the off-site lot to the airport.

The debate over the proposed expansion looks set to go on for some time yet.

Seattle Shuttle Company Adopts Propane Autogas

Recently, Los Angeles International Airport announced that all its service vehicle companies would be required to run on alternative, greener fuels by 2015. Now it seems that this mantle has been picked up by other airport shuttle operators in other parts of the United States.

One notable example here is a Seattle-based shuttle company that serves Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. When you consider that the company currently burns 800,000 gallons of fuel every year and travels literally millions of miles across its fleet (that has around 200 vehicles in total, including vans, coaches and sedans), it is certainly good news for the environment that they are switching to greener energy.

Just like the airport shuttle companies at LAX, the Seattle shuttle provider is also switching to propane autogas, which is increasingly popular in its use as an alternative fuel. Not only is propane greener than regular gas options but it is also cheaper, which is a fact of interest to many other companies as US gas prices continue to rise.

As the US aims to become less reliant on foreign oil, it also seems likely that propane and other forms of alternative energy will become more and more common. Added to this, President Obama recently issued a target that all vehicles in the federal fleet must run on alternative fuel by 2015.

This means that the Seattle-based airport shuttle company will be in good company and, as propane autogas becomes more widely used, it seems inevitable that more and more shuttle companies will soon be following suit and making use of this effective green fuel.