Transportation Secretary recommends $ 330 million for WA Transit
WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg recommends that the federal government spend $ 330.8 million to improve public transportation in western Washington.
Funding would come from President Biden’s Fiscal Year 2022 budget. It would fund two new Bus Rapid Transit projects, one for South King County and one in Pierce County. It would also help support the construction of light rail already underway in South King and Snohomish counties.
“Communities across the country are seeking to expand public transit as a means of creating economic opportunity, improving safety, promoting fairness, reducing congestion and pollution, and lowering the cost of living. for their residents, ”Buttigieg said in a written statement. “These capital projects will improve lives in 25 communities and mark the start of what we hope will be a one-time investment in a generation to modernize and expand transit across the country.
Washington’s infrastructure projects are just a few of Secretary Buttigieg’s recommendations, which total 25 rail, bus, and streetcar projects in 12 states.
Here’s how that $ 330.8 million would be spent in Washington:
- $ 55.6 million would be used to build a new RapidRide I line in South King County. The line would run 17 miles between Renton, Kent and Auburn using 23 diesel-electric hybrid buses.
- $ 75.2 million for a rapid transit bus line in Pierce County, stretching 14.3 miles from South Tacoma to Spanaway along Pacific Avenue / State Route 7.
- $ 100 million for the extension of the Seattle Federal Track link. This project is already under construction and will extend the link 7.8 miles from Angle Lake station south to SeaTac, Des Moines, Kent and Federal Way.
- $ 100 million for the Lynnwood link extension. Also already under construction, the Lynnwood Extension adds 8.5 miles to the north end of the link, bringing the rail through Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace and Lynnwood.
“FTA is proud to partner with communities in Washington to provide residents with more environmentally friendly public transportation options,” said FTA Deputy Administrator Nuria Fernandez. “These investments will improve mobility and the quality of life in growing areas, offer an alternative to congestion and stimulate more economically dynamic communities.
The FTA is also working on other projects in Vancouver, WA and Everett. More information on the draft capital investment program for fiscal year 2022 can be found on the FTA website.