U.S. Rep. Jayapal emphasizes importance of Lynnwood Link federal funding

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Sound Transit is working to secure critical $1.17 billion federal grant for Lynnwood Link

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal toured Sound Transit’s on-schedule and on-budget construction of light rail to Northgate Tuesday, joining agency CEO Peter Rogoff in emphasizing the importance of federal funding to reaching Lynnwood and other cities around the region.

“We are grateful for the leadership of Congresswoman Jayapal, Congressman Rick Larsen, Senator Patty Murray, Senator Maria Cantwell and other members of our congressional delegation toward maintaining critical federal transit funding, and particularly the $1.17 billion grant for starting Lynnwood construction next year,” Rogoff said.

“Federal funding for Link light rail is critically important to connecting our communities and strengthening our economy,” said Congresswoman Jayapal. “Our region is doing its part to fund the growth of our mass transit system. But without strong federal partnership, project timelines will be thrown off and residents will continue to struggle with congestion.

"I will do everything I can to ensure that the Federal Transit Administration follows through on funding the Lynnwood Link so that we can deliver the high-quality transit our region needs without harmful delays.”

Sound Transit is in the final stage of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) process for securing the $1.17 billion Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) for Lynnwood under the Capital Investment Grant Program, also known as the New Starts program.

Engineering approval by the FTA last year enabled the agency to move forward with final design work on the extension, gave the project its second-highest possible rating in the competitive grant process and committed $1.17 billion in federal funding for the project.

Congress, with the help of Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal and other members of the region’s congressional delegation, approved the first installment of that funding of $100 million in FY17.

The agency is now looking to Congress approve the second installment of $100 million in FY18.

The $1.174 billion FFGA was scheduled to be executed in 2018. However, the current Administration has proposed zeroing out funding for future FFGAs , including the agreement for Lynnwood Link.

“Our region’s voters stepped up and voted to tax themselves to provide a path out of crippling congestion. For that they should be rewarded at the federal level, not punished,” Rogoff said.

While the vast majority of the $53.8 billion Sound Transit 3 measure comes from local funding, the measure assumes $4.7 billion in federal funding over the next 25 years based on past federal funding levels. If the federal funding assumption is not met, Sound Transit likely will not be able to meet the project timelines in our measure. Local taxpayers have a reasonable expectation to benefit from their federal tax dollars, particularly those that provide critical transportation infrastructure.

From Northgate, the 8.5-mile Lynnwood Link Extension will run along the I-5 corridor with four new stations including Northeast 145th Street, Northeast 185th Street, the Mountlake Terrace Transit Center at 236th Street Southwest and at the Lynnwood Transit Center.

New parking structures at 145th, 185th, and Lynnwood Transit Center will add approximately 1,500 park and ride spaces in the corridor as part of the project. The project will facilitate the scheduled 2031 addition of a station at Northeast 130th Street that was funded in ST3.

An aerial animation of the Lynnwood Link alignment is available here.

The Lynnwood Link goes from Northgate to Lynnwood and includes two stations in Shoreline. More information and sign up for updates on the Sound Transit page. For specific questions, call 206-398-5300. For Shoreline specific questions, contact Bob Eddy, 206-801-2484.


Tlsgwm,  September 20, 2017 at 1:09 AM  

Lynnwood Link is part of ST2 and has long been estimated to cost from $1.5 -1.7 in YOE$ with a planned service date of late 2023 (the last and 15th year of the Sound Transit 2 plan). Sound Transit announced at their August 24th board meeting that the project delivery date will be delayed for at least 6 months for "value engineering" (which essentially means cutting corners) amid their revelation of a huge miss with the estimated project cost by some $500 million. Wow! Sound Transit needs to come clean as to when this cost escalation issue became known. I doubt that it wasn't known prior to last November's vote on ST3.

Anonymous,  September 20, 2017 at 7:06 AM  

Here's some out of the box thinking... reduce two Shoreline stations to one Shoreline station and put the slashed one on the backburner as an infill station. There's more justification for a 130th station or second MLT station with commercial, educational, and office park density as it is. Problem solved!

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