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News » US » Tacoma light rail extension secures final piece of funding » published 15 May 2018

Tacoma light rail extension secures final piece of funding

The Hilltop Tacoma Link extension in Washington has secured US$75m in federal funding following advocacy by members of Washington’s congressional delegation.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded a Small Starts grant to support upcoming work to break ground on the 2.4-mile light rail extension. Key proponents of the project including Senator Patty Murray and Representative Derek Kilmer.

The grant, which completes the project’s financing, means that construction can get under way this fall, with service beginning in 2022. Funding for the US$217m project also includes Sound Transit 2 funds, funding from the City of Tacoma and other federal and state grants.

“As communities in and around Tacoma continue to grow, we have an opportunity to make sure transportation options for workers, students, patients and families keep up,” said Senator Patty Murray. “Expanding light rail to the Medical Mile and Hilltop communities is a major step forward that will increase access to safe, reliable transportation and facilitate economic development in the city. The federal government can and should be a good partner to local communities and support transportation solutions — like the Hilltop Tacoma Link — and I will continue working with my colleagues in Congress to strengthen investments that help make these solutions a reality in our communities.”

“We owe our ability to break ground this year to the hard work of our entire federal delegation, especially Sen. Murray and Rep. Kilmer and our close partnership with the FTA,” said Sound Transit boardmember and Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards. “Tacoma will continue to attract more and more people and jobs in the coming years. The expanded Tacoma Link system will improve transportation around the city and connect riders with regional light rail, Sounder trains and bus service at the Tacoma Dome.

A voter-approved extension of Tacoma Link will extend the line out to Tacoma Community College in 2039.

 

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This article was published on 15 May 2018 (last updated on 15 May 2018).

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