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Sound Transit inaugurated the Federal Way link extension in July 2020.
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U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Senior member of the Senate Credit Committee, and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Chair of the Senate Trade Committee, announced two new capital investment grant programs ( CIG). rewards for Sound transport projects.

Funding comes from the American Rescue Plan. Administered by the Federal Transportation Administration (FTA), the grants include $ 158 million for the Federal Way Link Extension and more than $ 94 million for the Lynnwood Link Extension.

The Federal Way project includes a 7.8 mile light rail (LRT) line that will run from the existing Angle Lake station to the Federal Way Transit Center in southern King County. The FTA entered into a Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) with Sound Transit for the project in January 2020.

The Lynwood Link involves an 8.5 mile LRT extension from Northgate Station in King County to Lynnwood City Center Station in Snohomish County. The FTA and Sound Transit entered into a FFGA for the project in December 2018.

Federal grants will replace a portion of the local share of project funding that was required for FFGAs that Sound Transit has entered into with the FTA for each project.

CIG is a discretionary funding program for the construction and expansion of new and existing fixed-track mass transit systems, such as heavy, light and commuter rail lines, bus rapid transit routes. , streetcars, ferries and some corridor-based buses. systems.

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