Yesterday, the FTA announced winners of two competitive federal grant programs, the Urban Circulator program, and the Bus and Bus Livability program. The City of Seattle won $2.4 million in grants of the latter program, which will be aimed at improving King Street Station and the Westlake Hub. This is all in addition to existing funds and money from Bridging the Gap.
From the FTA’s website:
The City of Seattle will restore the historic King Street Station and improve the Westlake Hub, creating two intermodal transportation hubs in downtown Seattle that connect rail, bus, streetcar, and pedestrian networks in Seattle’s Center City. Improvements to these two hubs are critical to implementation of Seattle’s Center City Access Strategy to revitalize 10 downtown neighborhoods, fight regional sprawl and build a sustainable economy and community.
Nationwide, a number of recipients will be using the money for streetcar projects and others for existing transit improvements. Big winners include Cincinnati, New York, and Chicago. Elsewhere in Washington State, Skagit Transit will get $2.8 million for a park and ride. In which district? It just so happens in Mary Margaret Haugen’s, who we know has been the darling of transit advocates.