Yesterday, an official funding agreement was signed between WSDOT and the Federal Rail Administration for $145 million in additional high-speed rail funds originally destined for Ohio and Wisconsin. The agreement effectively guarantees that Washington will get the money regardless of any political maneuvering that goes on at the federal level.
According to WSDOT, the amount is slightly lower because of an FRA decision to exclude one project from receiving funds:
Earlier WSDOT reported the most recent award amount as $161 million. After review, the FRA chose to exclude the Centralia Station Modifications project, dropping the award amount by $16 million to the current $145 million. WSDOT resubmitted the project for funding as part of the application for the Florida money.
Earlier this week, WSDOT announced that the State officially applied for Florida’s rejected rail money. If the same agreements are signed for those funds, Washington pool of federal funding for upgrading the mainline may potentially increase to a total of $855 million.