Congressman Rick Larsen dropped into Community Transit today. According to a Community Transit press release:
Cong. Rick Larsen Tours Swift II Route
January 16, 2015
Community Transit last month received Federal Transit Administration approval to move forward with project development of the second Swift line, which would run between Canyon Park in Bothell and Paine Field/Boeing in Everett. Project development includes further route design and environmental review and must be completed before the agency applies for federal Small Starts funding to build the project. If all goes according to plan, Swift II could be operational in 2018.
“You can’t have a big league economy with a little league infrastructure,” Larsen said of the need for improved federal funding for transportation projects like Swift. “It’s the difference between being Super Bowl champions and being the Washington D.C. football team.”
As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Larsen said he is involved in writing a new Surface Transportation Authorization bill that would fund programs like Small Starts, which transit agencies rely on to fund small-to-midsized capital projects.
After addressing employees at Community Transit’s Merrill Creek base in Everett, Larsen joined them for a Blue Friday photo in front of a Swift bus before taking his tour of the route.
It’s important to remember however that although Congressman Rick Larsen is supremely awesome, Swift II needs all of the following:
- Complete federal requirements for capital funding (stations and buses), including an environmental impact analysis
- Develop plans for a northern terminal near Boeing
- Work with the state to develop traffic efficiency improvements across I-5 at 128th Street
- Continue to work with partner cities on infrastructure improvements along route
- Get new funding to pay for Swift II operation
So let’s work together, make new allies and get this done. BOO-YEAH!