Grant: $23,061,105 - Federal Transit Administration - May. 20, 2009
75% voted satisfied - 25% voted not satisfied - 4 vote(s) cast
Award Description: Construct Univeristy Link light rail, Mountlake Terrace Freeway Station, M-to-Lakewood commuter rail track/signal and design and construct a permanent Tukwila Commuter Rail Station and purchase clean fuel buses for regional express bus service expansion.
Project Description: These funds are being used to help construct and complete the University Link light rail extension, Mountlake Terrace Freeway Station and the M-to-Lakewood Track and Signal and design and build the Tukwila Commuter Rail Station and purchase clean fuels buses. These ARRA funds also help ST meet the grant assumptions included in the Financial Plan and where possible, accelerate Sound Transit projects ? either accelerate those projects specifically receiving the ARRA FTA formula funds or accelerate related Sound Transit projects or help projects that have a funding shortfall. Activities that occurred during the quarter include: sheet piles on I-5 mainline southbound were successfully installed, completed the demolition of wall 36, and started the extraction of existing wall 36 piles for University Link (contract U215); Street crossing work began as track removal and replacement continued during the quarter for the M-Lakewood Track and Signal project; Construction work on the Mountlake Terrace Freeway Station project proceeded during the quarter; Final design work continued through the quarter for the Tukwila Commuter Rail station, construction is expected to begin 2010; Sound Transit exercised the option under a King County Metro bus procurement contract with New Flyer for the procurement of clean fuels diesel hybrid buses. Buses will not be manufactured and delivered until summer 2010.
Infrastructure Description: These projects invest in transportation, environmental protection and 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. Specifically, this investment supports the creation of direct construction and O&M jobs, links designated population/employment centers and industrial/manufacturing centers, improves grade crossings at 17 intersections, provides new grade-separated right-of-way for rail, rehabilitates seven miles of existing track, signal and grade crossings, replaces one commuter rail station beyond its useful life, constructs a new transit freeway station and extends Link light rail from downtown Seattle to the University of Washington campus, connecting the three major population and employment centers of Downtown Seattle, Capitol Hill and the University District; adding 70,000 daily riders to the system for a total system daily boarding of 114,000 in operating year 2030.
Jobs Summary: These projects provide a vital boost to the regional economy by providing jobs in the Puget Sound area. The jobs created from these projects include direct labor and on-site construction jobs and vehicle manufacturing jobs. This investment also supports the creation of long-term O&M jobs, links designated population/employment centers and industrial/manufacturing centers and promotes private development in and around transit station areas. (Total jobs reported: 53)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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