Seattle offers robust opportunities for ICTD attendees to see unique behind-the-scene tours. With several tour options we hope you will be able to join in a tour before departing.
Each tour is $40 and can be added during the registration process.
Registration will open on January 14, 2022.
SR 520 Floating Bridge via Bike Tour
1:30 – 5:30 pm
Ride a bicycle across the world’s longest floating bike/walk path in the #1 Bicycle Friendly State! Start your trip via Sound Transit light rail to the University of Washington campus station. We’ll check out electric-assist bikeshare bikes and pedal through the neighborhood and across the bridge, with stops to enjoy views of Lake Washington and learn a bit about the bridge’s construction. You’ll appreciate the fully separated active transportation facility and what it means for multimodal safety and mobility. A full round trip to the east side of the lake and back is approximately 7 miles with some uphill; you’ll appreciate the e-assist if you don’t ride often.
Activity level: Active.
Colman Dock Project, Ferry Ride, and Eagle Harbor Maintenance Facility Tour
12:45 – 5:30 pm
*Please note: this tour will depart the hotel at 12:45 pm and arrive back at the hotel around 5:30 pm.
Washington State Ferries (WSF) is the largest ferry system in the United States; this tour includes Colman Dock, currently undergoing a complex construction project to replace the old, seismically vulnerable parts of the system’s flagship ferry facility, a ferry ride/tour to Bainbridge Island, and WSF’s Eagle Harbor Maintenance Facility, which serves as the hub for all vessel and terminal maintenance.
In addition to the tours of the ferry and the facilities, Washington State Ferries representatives will provide information on workforce development, stormwater management, noise mitigation and hybrid-electric conversion of Jumbo Mark II vessels.
Activity level: The tour includes walking up and down stairs onboard ferry, and an approximately 15-minute walk between the Bainbridge Island terminal and the Eagle Harbor Maintenance Facility.
SR 99 Tunnel Tour
1:30 – 5:00 pm
Go behind the scenes of the longest highway tunnel in the contiguous United States: the SR 99 Tunnel under downtown Seattle which opened in 2019. You’ll get an overview of the work that goes into maintaining the two-mile-long tunnel including the electrical, operational, safety and security systems. You’ll also tour the tunnel operations buildings and control rooms, go under the tunnel to the corridor used by maintenance and walk-inside the emergency exit system. You’ll also get an overview of the work to demolish the Alaskan Way Viaduct, an elevated and seismically vulnerable structure that the tunnel replaced.
Activity level: The tour involves walking and participants will be required to climb several flights of stairs.
T-Mobile Tech Experience
1:30 – 4:30 pm
The T-Mobile Tech Experience is a program designed to showcase and enable current and next-generation wireless services, while promoting TMobile’s technology leadership. Tech Experience provides a hands-on, immersive environment that fosters the exchange of ideas, discussions, and decisions to further T-Mobile innovation at our Bellevue Showroom.
Activity level: The tour requires walking and standing.