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Senator Murray Announces Release of $20 Million for Washington State Mass Transit Projects from Recovery Act

Jun 19 2009

Funding will boost economy, support purchase of buses, maintenance of ferry vessels and terminals

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) announced that $20,501,842 has been released in grants by the U.S. Department of Transportation for mass transit projects in Washington state. The grants were funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and will be put to use improving transportation and creating jobs in Washington state.

“Recovery funds continue to flow into Washington state, and are being put to good use in our communities creating jobs and boosting the economy,” said Senator Patty Murray.  “This mass-transit recovery funding will put people to work today, help our commuters, and keep businesses moving to sustain economic growth in the future.”

This funding comes from the nearly $700 million for Washington state transportation infrastructure that Senator Murray fought to include in the recovery package.

As the Chairman of the Transportation and Housing Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing funding for the Department of Transportation, Senator Murray worked to ensure that investments in transportation were included in the Recovery Act.  Senator Murray voted to pass the Recovery Act on February 13th. The bill was signed into law by President Obama on February 17th. 

Washington state recovery funding total: $20,501,842

  • TACOMA: PIERCE COUNTY PUBLIC TRANSPORATION BENEFIT AREA AUTHORITY: $11,371,075
    Purchase 6 40 ft. buses, CNG Compressor and Preventive Maintenance
  • WENATCHEE : CHELAN-DOUGLAS PTBA DBA LINK: $1,019,843    
    Replace 12 vehicles, 1 lift, shop lights, paint intermodal center, upgrade software
  • KITSAP COUNTY:  KITSAP TRANSIT: $2,861,382
    Facility Expansion, Passenger Vessel and Vans
  • WASHINGTON STATE DEPT. OF TRANSPORATION: $3,456,735    
    Vessel and Terminal Preservation
  • WASHINGTON STATE DEPT. OF TRANSPORATION: $1,792,807    
    Preventive Maintenance and Ferry Vessels