FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 7/24/2014
Mayor Ed Murray
Councilmember Tom Rasmussen
Federal Transportation Dollars Approved for Seattle Projects
SEATTLE – Mayor Ed Murray and Councilmember Tom Rasmussen announced today that The Puget Sound Regional Council Executive Board approved over $27,000,000 in Federal transportation dollars for an array of transportation purposes in Seattle. Projects that will be funded include basic road maintenance, bicycle lanes and extending the First Hill Street Car on Broadway north to Roy Street. Mayor Ed Murray, and Councilmembers Tom Rasmussen, Bruce Harrell and Tim Burgess represent Seattle on the Puget Sound Regional Council’s (PSRC) Executive Board.
"Thank you to the PSRC for these project grants. The areas funded will have a direct impact on our transportation system, and I look forward to using the funding to increase mobility and keep Seattle moving," said Mayor Ed Murray.
"If there are federal dollars available for local transportation projects, I’m going to work hard to send those dollars to Seattle," said Councilmember Tom Rasmussen. "We have some exciting opportunities to repair and maintain our roads, create safer bicycle routes and improve transit services."
PSRC receives federal funds from the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration, to be allocated to state and local jurisdictions. Funds are awarded via a competitive application process every two to three years.
Summary of City of Seattle Projects Recommended for Funding:
- $200,000 for Route 48 Electrification (23rd Avenue) (design only)
- $2,627,528 for Center City Gateway ITS (Next Generation ITS)
- $8,500,000 for Broadway Streetcar Extension
Countywide, Large Jurisdiction
- $1,383,000 for Michigan St ITS (Next Generation ITS)
- $4,300,000 for Center City Protected Bike Lanes, Phase I (2nd Ave and/or 4th Ave)
- $700,000 for Center City Protected Bike Lanes, Phase I (2nd Ave and/or 4th Ave)
- $800,000 for 7th Ave Protected Bike Lanes
- $397,900 for Low-Income Access to Bike Share Network
- $1,500,000 for Renton Ave
- $1,500,000 for Roosevelt Ave
- $1,500,000 for Broadway Streetcar Extension
- $4,383,799 "earned share" (aka "formula") operations and maintenance funds (SLU streetcar, Monorail)