USDOT announced their TIGER (Transporation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grants today (PDF), which go to a variety of transportation projects nationwide. There were hopes that extending Link to S. 200th St could be accelerated 8 years to 2012, but those hopes died today.
UPDATE from Sherwin 6:54pm: To settle the confusion on exactly when the S. 200th extension will open, I emailed Geoff Patrick, ST spokesperson, about the matter. Here’s what he had to say:
The ST2 Plan has this project at 2020. There has been general discussion about the possibility of moving up the project since we have already finished the preliminary design and environmental work to South 200th. However, that is a significant policy decision that has not yet been taken up by the Sound Transit Board.
The two projects to get money in Washington State are the Mercer Project ($30m), and the North Spokane Freeway ($35m). Once again, automobiles get the new subsidy dollars while transit is told to work with what they’ve got.
Nationwide, the picture is much brighter, as many rail and bus projects got money.