Here’s the “short list” of stimulus projects for the PSRC‘s FTA grants. The PSRC expects to get $135 million in FTA money for these projects. As you notice, there’s $316 million in projects here, so the actual grants are 42.5% of the list here in terms of cost. Thanks again to Rick Olson of the PSRC.

Agency Priority Project Title ARRA Amount (in
1 Bus Replacement Double Decker Buses $13,387 90 days
2 Bus Replacement 40 Foot Buses $11,733 90 days
3 Preventive Maintenance $4,787 90 days
CT Subtotal $29,907
1 Transit Stop Enunciators Purchase and
Installation (73 Vehicles)
$450 90 days
2 Everett Preventive Maintenance $850 90 days
3 Replacement Transit Coaches (Fixed Route &
$1,670 90 days
ET Subtotal $2,970
1 Maintenance Barge & Equipment $1,500 90 days
2 Vashon Terminal Upgrade $1,500 90 days
KCFD Subtotal $3,000
1 Vehicle Maintenance $ 25,000 90 days
2 Acquisition of 40ft & 60ft Hybrid Buses $ 91,000 90 days
3 Bellevue Base HVAC -TAMP $ 5,200 90 days
4 Burien Transit Oriented Development $ 7,900 90 days
5 Energy Efficient Base Lighting Replacement $ 775 within one year
6 Park and Ride Security Lighting $ 1,000 90 days
7 Atlantic/Central Operations Building $ 25,000 within one year
8 Transit Police Building $ 9,000 within one year
KCM Subtotal $164,875
1 Small Vessels, for Bremerton-Port Orchard POF
$1,300 90 days
2 Purchase Vans $1,997 90 days
3 Small Buses $303 90 days
KT Subtotal $3,600
1 “M/V Christine Anderson” Preservation $2,280 90 days
2 Anderson Island Ferry Terminal Preservation $25 90 days
3 Ketron Island Ferry Terminal Preservation $15 90 days
PC Subtotal $2,320
1 Preventive Maintenance $4,200 90 days
2 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Compressor
Filter and Backup Power Upgrade
$1,766 90 days
3 Acquisition of 15 Diesel-Electric Hybrid 40 ft Bus
$9,000 90 days
4 Pacific Ave. Corridor Transit Priority and ITS
$2,507 180 days
5 Security Improvements – gate controllers $38 90 days
6 Operations Base Maintenance Buildings –
Replace 5 air compressors & replace 2 air dryers
$750 90 days
7 Gas Fired Heater Replacement $1,125 90
PT Subtotal $19,386
1 Restoration of the King Street Station Historic
Waiting Room & Ticket Area (King Street Station
Seismic Retrofit)
$1,000 180 days
2 South Lake Union Streetcar (PM) $250 now
3 Seattle Monorail Train Safety Improvements $1,250 now
4 Rainier Transit Corridor Improvements $500 within one year
SEA Subtotal $3,000
1 University Link Light Rail Construction
(accelerate light rail to Northgate)
$11,619 90 days
1 Clean Fuels Buses $11,619 90 days
1 Mountlake Terrace Freeway Station Construction $11,619 90 days
1 Lakewood-Tacoma Commuter Rail (M Street –
Lakewood New Track and Signal)
$11,619 90 days
1 Tukwila Commuter Rail Station – Accelerated
Final Design and Construction
$11,619 90 days
ST Subtotal $58,095
1 System-wide Vessel Preservation (Jumbo, Super,
Issaquah, and E-State Class)
$6,184 90 days
1 System-wide Terminal Preservation Projects $196 90 days
2 System-wide Vessel Preservation (Jumbo, Super,
Issaquah, and E-State Class)
$9,653 180 days
2 System-wide Terminal Preservation Projects $9,780 180 days to
one year
WSF Subtotal $25,813

GRAND TOTAL: $312,966

24 Replies to “Transit Stimulus Short List”

  1. That’s really cool. I have to know why the Anderson Island Ferry Terminal Preservation is $25 and Ketron Island Ferry Terminal Preservation is $15.

    And isn’t a traffic stop enunciator a steal at $6 per bus?

    1. All those numbers are in thousands, so it’s $6,000 per bus, which seems beyond expensive to me. How much could they REALLY cost? Give me $450K and I’ll build you some traffic stop enumciators!

  2. What’s with the Double Decker Buses? I’m picturing something like London transit. Is that not what this is? If it is why is it CT want’s them? I can see where an articulated bus would be a real problem in London and where height would be a real issue around here. Since CT seems to be the only agency after these what’s the unique demand that warrants it? Something around the Boeing Plants? Do these have to be imported from England?

    1. Almost, they are made in Scotland. Community Transit already has one, and we’ve been convering it here for a while:

      Basically, they carry as many people as articulated buses, but don’t take up the space in the maintenance barn.

      The won’t work for Seattle, since the overhead trolley wires would interfere with the tall buses.

      1. Kinda cool. Edinburgh used the double deckers as well as London. As tourist the upper deck was the place to be. Man, those London drivers putting those things literally within a couple of inches of each other was a show in and of itself! On some routes it may draw extra ridership ala the “trolly effect”. Makes a lot of sense in traffic and on the tight roads of European cities; many using the same ROW as in the days of horse drawn carriages. I hadn’t thought about room in the maintenance barn. Boarding is an issue, especially in the US where we are so fortunate to be “well fed”.

      2. How would they be too tall for Seattle? Many trucks are 14 ft tall or higher. Besides CT operates the double deckers through downtown Seattle, I’m pretty sure they have to pass under trolley wires.

        FWIW supposedly the double deckers hold more people than an articulated, are easier to maneuver, and take up less space both on the road and in the base.

      3. Right, double-deckers have a higher seats-to-standee ratio than an articulated and the less noise on the upper deck making it somewhat more comfortable than an articulated.

        I can only think of a few areas where double deckers can’t go in Seattle like under overpasses with low clearance. The Aurora Ave and N 46th underpass on the route 44 comes to mind.

    2. If you’ve ever watched an articulated bus make a left turn across traffic in the downtown, you’ll know why the first thing the new Tory mayor of London did was to cancel the plans to switch to them. I’ve even seen them get stuck making right hand turns here.

    1. If you do a ctrl+f5 in firefox or IE you’ll be able see the colored layout.
      I admit, it’s not the most beautiful thing in the world.

  3. What’s with the ST project costs ($11,619,000 for all five of ’em). Are they limited to a max amount per project, or something else weird?

    1. At least the D-to-M project is in there. Hopefully I-90 two way HOV gets some love from the highway portion of the stimulus.

  4. Nice to see some rennovation stuff for King Street Station in this – I always am hoping for some more funds so they can complete the project in a timely fashion.

    Other than that, it all looks good, but how to raise the funding gap I guess is the question – as per usual…..

  5. I wonder what the $250,000 for ‘South Lake Union Streetcar (PM)’ is for. Supposedly it’s ready-to-go now, so maybe it’s increased frequency?

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