Grant: $44,000,000 - Federal Transit Administration - Jun. 25, 2009
71% voted satisfied - 29% voted not satisfied - 7 vote(s) cast
Award Description: Design, right-of-way acquisition, light rail vehicle procurement and construction of the University Link Light Rail project. The University Link project is a 3.15 mile extension of the Initial Segment from the Pine Street Stub Tunnel (PSST) to the University of Washington (UW) Station with an intermediate station at Capitol Hill. University Link will serve the three largest urban centers in the state of Washington ? Downtown Seattle, Capitol Hill and the University District. By 2030, the University Link line alone is projected to add 70,000 boardings a day to the light rail system.
Project Description: University Link is a critical light rail extension that will provide cost-effective, high-quality transit service in a densely developed and severely congested corridor, contributing substantially to the regional transportation system and local economy. These funds will help complete early construction activities for the University Link project and help accelerate other Sound Transit projects. During the quarter the following activities were completed: design work at 98% complete, construction management team began deployment to the trailer offices that have been completed at Capitol Hill station site, conducted substantial completion inspection for advanced utility work at UW (contract U210) and developed a punch list for the contractor, and sheet piles on I-5 mainline southbound were successfully installed. Completed the demolition of wall 36. Started the extraction of existing wall 36 piles.
Infrastructure Description: Sound Transit's Recovery Act funds under this grant are being used to construct the University Link Light Rail extension from downtown Seattle to the University of Washington campus. This extension expands ST's current light rail service another 3.15 miles to the Univeristy of Washington. University Link will serve the three largest urban centers in the state of Washington ? Downtown Seattle, Capitol Hill and the University District. By 2030, the University Link line alone is projected to add 70,000 boardings a day to the light rail system. This Univeristy Link project will invest in transportation, environmental protection adn other infrastructure that provides long-term benefits. This investment contributes to preserving and maintaining jobs and promoting economic recovery in the construction and vehicle manufacturing industry.
Jobs Summary: University Link will serve the three largest urban centers in the state of Washington ? Downtown Seattle, Capitol Hill and the University District. University Link construction provides a vital boost to the regional economy bringing a total estimated 22,000 direct and indirect jobs during construction and operations (using U.S. Dept. of Commerce analysis.) The jobs created and reported in this report include direct labor and on-site construction jobs. Work during this reporting period includes labor for design of the U Link project, advanced utility relocation, demolition and remediation, and site preparation for station construction. University Link extension is creating a new transportation corridor where 117,000 residents live and 24,000 jobs are located within one-half mile of the proposed station entrances. Additionally, Link Light Rail, including the University Link extension, is generating and supporting private development around stations. (Total jobs reported: 89)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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