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Sound Transit’s Federal Way Link Extension receives Entry into Engineering approval from Federal Transit Administration (FTA) along with competitive Medium-High rating.
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) moved Sound Transit’s Federal Way Link Extension forward in its funding process, granting the project approval to advance to the engineering phase — a necessary step toward securing a critical grant. The project has also earned a “Medium-High” rating by the FTA in its annual review of transit projects seeking the highly competitive grants, according to a press release from Sound Transit.
In the coming months Sound Transit will continue intensive work to advance its federal grant application, working closely with the FTA and the region’s congressional delegation.
“Years in the making, this critical federal investment is a testament to the collaboration and determination of Sound Transit and local leaders to reduce congestion along the busy I-5 corridor and strengthen public transit options for families and workers in Puget Sound,” Sen. Patty Murray, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said. “As a voice for our state, I will keep fighting to strengthen federal investments in smart transportation priorities like the Federal Way Link project that will help increase mobility and improve access for communities throughout King County.”
The FTA’s Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program is the federal government’s primary financial resource for supporting transit capital projects that are locally planned, implemented, and operated. With FTA’s approval of the project into Engineering, FTA locked in the CIG funding amount at $790 million, the level requested by Sound Transit.
This article first appeared on www.rtands.com
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