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Old 11-20-2018, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Independent Republic of Ballard
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https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle...ght-rail-line/

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Sound Transit has secured a long sought-after agreement with the Trump administration for $1.2 billion in federal money for the planned 8.5-mile Northgate-to-Lynnwood light-rail line.

The agreement between Sound Transit and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) still must undergo a 30-day congressional review period, but it is highly likely that it will be finalized next month.
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An estimated 68,500 daily riders are expected to board the Lynnwood Link trains, which will provide an option to escape some of the nation’s worst highway delays. Trains from Lynnwood would reach the University of Washington in 20 minutes, or downtown Seattle in 28 minutes.

Rogoff said early work contracts for the rail line would likely be approved next month, and construction should begin in early 2019. The rail line is scheduled to be completed in mid-2024.
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Along with the $1.2 billion grant, the FTA also approved more than $650 million in low-interest, deferred-payment federal loans for Sound Transit to complete the Lynnwood line.

The project had already been allocated $200 million in federal funding. Sound Transit would receive the remainder of the funding in installments through 2028.
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In 2017, the cost of the Lynnwood line soared from an estimated $2.4 billion to as much as $3.2 billion, driven by the increasing costs of land and construction in the Seattle area, as well as “scope creep,” with cities along the line seeking more amenities and station land for bus and car access.
Voters approved the Lynnwood line in the 2008 Sound Transit 2 initiative, but planning has dragged, with the project’s timeline at least six months behind schedule.
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Old 11-20-2018, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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This is great news. I was quite concerned that the current administration would throw key infrastructure projects by the wayside.
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Old 11-20-2018, 11:26 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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Originally Posted by GatsbyGatz View Post
This is great news. I was quite concerned that the current administration would throw key infrastructure projects by the wayside.
The current admin is actually very interested in transportation infrastructure. They're interested in the California high speed rail project, according to rumor.
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Old 11-20-2018, 11:26 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Great news.
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Old 11-20-2018, 11:52 PM
 
Location: WA Desert, Seattle native
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I think Trump has little to do with this.

That said, infrastructure is a Trump promise. So I don't know where this is coming from.

But a good win for W. Washington, whoever is responsible.
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Old 11-21-2018, 12:23 AM
 
Location: Independent Republic of Ballard
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Originally Posted by Ruth4Truth View Post
The current admin is actually very interested in transportation infrastructure. They're interested in the California high speed rail project, according to rumor.
He promised infrastructure spending, but has done little to effect it.

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Trump’s budgets have twice proposed eliminating the program that funds public-transit projects.
But Congress has twice ignored Trump’s proposals, passing budget deals that preserve and even increase transit funding.

“What this signals on the part of the administration is that rather than push back, they intend to fully follow the direction of Congress and execute these grants,” Rogoff said.
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Old 11-21-2018, 04:50 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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He promised infrastructure spending, but has done little to effect it.
Oh, that's right! That was a cornerstone of his put-people-back-to-work, and make America great again idea. I'd forgotten about that! Wow.

He said he was going to bring industry home, and create more industrial jobs, too, didn't he?


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Old 11-23-2018, 02:33 PM
 
Location: SF, CA
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Originally Posted by GatsbyGatz View Post
This is great news. I was quite concerned that the current administration would throw key infrastructure projects by the wayside.
Or throw out transit projects in blue metro areas, in favor of highway construction in red states.
Good news indeed that that didn't happen in this case.
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Old 11-30-2018, 06:19 AM
 
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Above poster got it correct in that DT has done what he could to stop this rail financing.


Congress however stepped in and did an end run so there you are.


https://www.heraldnet.com/news/deal-...-for-lynnwood/


Congress in particular the House controls nation's purse strings; not the POTUS.


The WH can interfere, make noises, moan or whatever else but if funding is approved by Congress there is little that can be done.


Congress has and still is working on same end runs around DT for other large infrastructure products including Gateway in NY/NJ.
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Old 12-03-2018, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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Anybody with inside info know how the Eastside (Mercer Island, Bellevue, Redmond) Link light rail is coming? 2020 looking good still? That will be a game changer.
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