Seattle Southside RTA Announces Return of Free Shuttle
Southside Regional Tourism Authority (RTA) and the City of SeaTac are happy to announce the return of free transportation for area visitors to and from their SeaTac hotel to Westfield Southcenter Mall.
On hiatus since 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the City of SeaTac’s Shopping and Dining Shuttle is once again available for hotel guests to enjoy complimentary roundtrip service. The shuttle, now in operation, runs Thursdays through Sundays from participating SeaTac hotels to the Westfield Southcenter Mall—Washington State’s largest shopping center and home to over 250 national and regional brands. Hotel guests can reserve their seat for free via the Seattle Southside RTA website, which is proud to partner with SeaTac to return this important year-round service to partner hotels and their guests.
Funded with City of SeaTac lodging tax dollars, the SeaTac Shopping and Dining Shuttle was approved by the City Council in July 2021 upon the recommendation of the Hotel Motel Advisory Committee. During its initial operation between 2016–2019, the shuttle annually supported $2.5–$3 million in lodging-related expenditures and just above $4 million in estimated spending at Westfield Southcenter Mall. Seattle Express, which operates the SeaTac Shopping and Dining Shuttle, reports transporting approximately 25,000 SeaTac hotel guests each year.
About the Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority
The Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority (RTA) is the official destination marketing organization for Seattle Southside, including the cities of SeaTac, Tukwila and Des Moines. The organization is responsible for competitively marketing the area as an ideal travel destination for leisure and business travelers who wish to explore Western Washington and an idyllic place for meeting and event planners to hold their events. The Seattle Southside RTA is funded by a self-assessed hotel fund and supported by a lodging tax from the cities of SeaTac, Tukwila and Des Moines. For more information, please visit www.seattlesouthside.com or call 206-880-7163.