Announcement from the office of Rep. Marilyn Strickland.
Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland (WA-10) secured $3,000,000 in federal funding for the Pierce Transit hub and completion of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) station (at the southern terminus of the Pacific Avenue / SR 7 BRT) for the federal fiscal year ending September 30, 2022. With this funding, the Spanaway Transit Center will serve working families.
“As a longtime advocate for public transit, I’m proud to provide federal resources to make it more accessible to those who need it most,” said MP Strickland. “This key transit corridor will increase transit access and connection throughout the South Sound for seniors, students and working families.”
“Pierce Transit is extremely grateful to Congresswoman Strickland for her support of our local transit system here in Pierce County,” said Pierce Transit CEO Mike Griffus. “Funding provided for a new transit hub and Park & Ride lot in the Spanaway area will help us provide fair and easy access to more transit riders and serve those who will use our new bus rapid transit line when it comes online in a few years. .”
Pierce Transit’s service area in Pierce County includes 12 federally recognized Opportunity Zones, which are census tracts identified as low-income communities. Six of these Opportunity Zones are served directly by the BRT route from the Spanaway Transit Center. The new transit hub will serve some communities that need transit access the most. The design of Pierce Transit’s Stream BRT network aligns with the essential jobs scheme, which means residents dependent on public transit will have access to faster, more frequent and easily accessible stations and routes.
This project is one of eight WA-10 Community Project Funding Requests (CPFs) that have been promulgated under HR 2471, the FY22 omnibus credit package. In total, Strickland has secured $12.55 million for the South Sound to support pedestrian accessibility, transit-oriented development, housing, clean water, South Sound veterans, youth at risk, tribal nations, families and workers.