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Washington state projects that received funding listed by region:



PUGET SOUND -- $140.299 million

Agriculture Freight Supply Chain Analysis -- $170,000

Funding secured by Senator Murray for this project will allow for research to be completed on the apple, potato, wheat, and grain freight supply chains. This study will focus on how to improve the freight system to better assist agricultural growers and farmers, processed food manufacturing, and food distribution centers that rely on freight service to reach markets.



Auburn A-B Street NW Corridor Connector -- $1.8 million

This project will link three grade separated arterials between Auburn Station and S. 277th Street. The project is part of a comprehensive downtown revitalization plan for Auburn’s downtown core. The funding secured by Senator Murray will complete the final phase of the project and fund construction from 10th Street to 14th Street. Senator Murray secured $2.7 million for this project in previous years.



Boeing, Global Communications, Navigation, and Surveillance System -- $24 million

Boeing has been selected by the FAA to develop the next-generation air traffic control system. This satellite-based approach will make air traffic management safer, more secure and more efficient. This is the third year Murray has secured funding for a new Air Traffic Management (ATM) system. Murray has secured $70 million for this program in previous years. This funding means continued quality jobs for workers in Washington state.



Community Transit Bus Rapid Replacement Program -- $1 million

Community Transit is developing the Puget Sound region’s first Bus Rapid Transit (or BRT) system along the SR-99 corridor, which will connect Everett and the Snohomish-King County line in 2008. Once completed, the project will include dedicated lanes, frequent departures, distinctive transit stations, unique vehicles, and other technological features that will improve service and accessibility. This funding will help Community Transit purchase BRT vehicles.

Cross Base Highway -- $1 million

This project will construct a new six-mile highway from I-5 at Thorne Lane to SR-7 at 176th Street. The project will ease congestion on I-5, SR-512, and SR-7 by providing a more direct route through the Fort Lewis and McChord military facilities. The funding secured by Senator Murray will be used toward right of way acquisition. Senator Murray secured $4 million for the project in previous years.

Des Moines Creek Trail Access Project -- $500,000

This funding will support efforts by the City of Des Moines to increase public access between the Des Moines Beach Park National Historic District, Des Moines Marina, and Des Moines Business District. This connection will support expanded recreational, cultural and historic tourism activities. The Des Moines Creek Trail is part of the larger Puget Sound regional trail system.



Everett Transit Bus and Paratransit Vehicle replacement -- $600,000

Everett Transit’s 41 buses and 18 paratransit vehicles carry approximately 2 million people per year. Many of these vehicles have reached the end of their service life and need replacement. The funding secured by Senator Murray will enable Everett Transit to replace some of these buses with new, ultra clean diesel, low floor ADA compliant coaches and purchase paratransit vans to serve ADA-eligible customers. Senator Murray secured $825,000 for the project last year.

King County Metro Bus Radio Replacement Program -- $750,000

King County Metro’s bus radio system has become obsolete due to new Federal Communication Commission regulations and advances in technology. The funding secured by Senator Murray will assist Metro in replacing bus radios with new, state-of-the-art communications devices. Senator Murray secured $2 million for the project last year.

Kitsap Transit, Rich Passage Wake Impact Study -- $2.2 million

The funding secured by Senator Murray will continue work already underway in Rich Passage to better understand the impact of wake energy on shoreline property and to develop technologies and vessel design features to minimize it so that expanded fast ferry service between Bremerton and Seattle may resume. Senator Murray provided $4.05 million for this project in previous years.



Mobile Object Technology (Topia Ventures in Tacoma) -- $3 million

The funding secured by Senator Murray will help further a pilot project that illustrates how Topia Mobile Object technology, Kolona, operates in complex network environments like the National Air Space System (NAS) and System Wide Information Management (SWIM). Kolona enables different aviation systems to interact effectively to avoid a system failure or any delay of the information available to pilots and air traffic controllers. Senator Murray has previously secured $7.75 million for this project.

Mukilteo Multimodal Terminal Redevelopment -- $675,000

The funding secured by Senator Murray will support Washington State Ferries redevelopment of this project, which will include a new passenger terminal building with overhead loading, pedestrian and bicycle holding areas and ADA accommodations; 2 ferry slips to allow expansion to a three boat schedule, expanded vehicle holding area for 260-300 vehicles, commuter rail pedestrian connections, bus platform for local/express bus and park and ride lot.

Pierce Transit Peninsula Park and Ride -- $1 million

This funding will support efforts by Pierce Transit to develop a new Park and Ride facility in Gig Harbor. The Peninsula Park and Ride is being designed to support the increased transit and vanpool ridership expected with the opening of the new Tacoma Narrows Bridge.

Puget Sound Regional Council Passenger-Only Ferry Study -- $125,000

This funding will support efforts by the Puget Sound Regional Council to examine the current level of passenger-only ferry service and develop a long-range strategic plan for providing this service throughout the central Puget Sound.

Renton Sam Chastain Waterfront Trail -- $1.2 million

This project will assist the City of Renton in connecting Coulon Park to the Cedar River Trail and complete the missing link to the Lake Washington trail system. In addition, this project will help improve surrounding fish habitat and provide increased recreational access to Lake Washington. Funds secured by Senator Murray will help complete the permitting phase and help begin construction.

Seattle South Lake Union Streetcar Project Capital Improvements -- $1.15 million

This project will help complete the City of Seattle’s South Lake Union revitalization plan by building a streetcar line connecting Westlake Center to the South Lake Union neighborhood. The Streetcar will increase access to the new waterfront park, is vital for attracting job development, and will help to improve and upgrade the Mercer Street corridor and essential utilities. Senator Murray secured $4 million in previous years.

Sound Transit, Link Light Rail -- $80 million

Sound Transit is constructing an initial 14-mile light rail system from downtown Seattle to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Senator Murray has previously secured $310 million for this project.

Sound Transit, University Link -- $15 million

University Link will extend light rail from downtown Seattle north to the University of Washington. This corridor is the most densely developed residential and employment area in the central Puget Sound region and state. University Link received the highest rating from the Federal Transit Administration in the “Annual New Starts Report for FY 2007.” This funding will support Sound Transit’s efforts to complete final design and continue with property acquisitions.

Tacoma Lincoln Avenue Grade Separation Project -- $1.5 million

This project will eliminate Lincoln Avenue truck and rail congestion by raising Lincoln Avenue over key railroad tracks used for rail operations within the Port area. This corridor is critical to the operations of the Port of Tacoma, as it represents 1 of 2 entrances to the Port from I-5. Senator Murray secured $2.3 million for this project last year.

University Place Intermodal Transit Facility -- $750,000

The Intermodal Transit Facility is a key component of the City of University Place’s “Uptown Center”, a mixed-use development that will include retail, office, housing, and public space. The transit facility will allow the development to be transit friendly. Funding will go toward construction of a new parking garage. Senator Murray secured $3.25 million for this project last year.

WSDOT SR-520 Innovative Water Quality Protection -- $679,000

The funds secured by Senator Murray will help fund the design and construction of an innovative “Pier Wetland” demonstration project. This project will build treatment wetlands at the base of the bridge piers in order to help mitigate stormwater runoff, which currently is discharged directly from the SR-520 bridge deck directly into Lake Washington.

Asian Counseling and Referral Service Facility Construction -- $500,000

The Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) provides a variety of services for the Asian Pacific American community in the Seattle-area, including: mental health and substance abuse treatment, domestic violence intervention, job training, naturalization assistance, food bank and nutrition programs, elderly care, and a legal clinic. Serving 18,000 clients a year in more than 30 languages, the ACRS has been recognized as a national leader in providing services to low-income Asian Pacific Americans. With their caseload growing by more than 400%, the ACRS has launched a capital campaign to finance a new facility in Seattle’s Rainier Valley. The funding secured by Senator Murray will support this effort and enable the ACRS to provide greater access to these critical services. Senator Murray secured $500,000 for this project last year.

El Centro de la Raza Facility Improvements -- $300,000

Funding secured by Senator Murray will help El Centro de la Raza complete their capital campaign to update their century-old building. Specifically, funding will assist with the cost of replacing the facility’s roof, which is in dire need of replacement. El Centro de la Raza offers a range of services that include child care and development, after school programs, homeless assistance, first-time homeownership workshops and counseling, English-as-a-Second Language classes, and senior wellness and meal programs, among others.

Everett Senior Activity Center Expansion Project -- $500,000

The funding secured by Senator Murray will assist the city of Everett with their efforts to renovate and expand the Everett Senior Activity Center. The center provides medical, fitness, and other support services to seniors.

FareStart Facility Construction Costs -- $450,000

Located in Seattle, FareStart has provided life skills and job training services to homeless individuals since 1992. FareStart has outgrown its current facility and is moving to a new facility that will allow for expanded programming and services. The funding provided by Senator Murray will assist with the costs of renovating their new facility.

Highpoint Neighborhood Center Construction – $250,000

The Seattle Housing Authority is nearing completion of a redevelopment of the former public housing community at High Point, which has one of the highest concentrations of poverty in Seattle. The High Point Neighborhood Center will provide a variety of programs such as Head Start, employment training, youth tutoring, adult education, and other programs to assist low-income individuals and families. The funding secured by Senator Murray will be used to replace existing facilities with a new center.

Jim Wiley Community Center Construction -- $300,000

This project will allow for the complete redevelopment of the Jim Wiley Community Center at Greenbridge. The new center will support an expanded educational, recreational and economic self-sufficiency support services for residents of the new housing community and broader White Center area. The remodel and improved interior layout will enable Neighborhood House, the Southwest Boys and Girls Club, and Highline Community College to utilize the space and work more closely to provide more efficient community services and resources. This will complete the project. Senator Murray secured $300,000 for this project last year.

Nisei Veterans Memorial Hall Renovations -- $250,000

The funding provided will assist the Nisei Veterans Committee in renovating its Memorial Hall in Seattle. It will allow for expanded educational activities about the internment and military service of Japanese Americans during WWII. In addition, it will enable the Nisei Veterans Committee to restart its low-income seniors’ lunch program.

Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Club Construction Project -- $400,000

The Boys and Girls Clubs of King County needs to replace the current Rainier Vista facility, which is being demolished as part of the redevelopment of the former Rainier Vista public housing project. The funding secured by Senator Murray will assist the Boys and Girls Club in building a new, expanded facility that will allow for expanded programming and services.

YMCA of Tacoma Pierce County for Facility Improvements -- $250,000

The YMCA of Tacoma-Pierce County serves more than 51,000 people throughout the region every year. The funding provided by Senator Murray will assist with the construction of a new YMCA facility in Gig Harbor north of Highway 16.



CENTRAL WASHINGTON PROJECTS -- $3.2 million

Agriculture Freight Supply Chain Analysis -- $170,000

Funding secured by Senator Murray for this project will allow for research to be completed on the apple, potato, wheat, and grain freight supply chains. This study will focus on how to improve the freight system to better assist agricultural growers and farmers, processed food manufacturing, and food distribution centers that rely on freight service to reach markets.

Ben Franklin Transit (Tri-Cities) -- $750,000

The funding provided will continue construction of Ben Franklin Transit’s new maintenance and operations facility. Senator Murray secured $1.55 million for this project in previous years.

Big Pasco Industrial Center Intermodal Project, Phase 4 -- $800,000

The funding secured by Senator Murray will complete Phase 4 of the Port of Pasco’s efforts to improve its intermodal rail operations. The project will develop rail facilities to ensure more efficient movement of agricultural products to markets abroad. This funding will construct a new rail spur to the BNSF Walla Walla line.

Grant Transit Vehicle Replacement--$480,000

This funding will enable Grant Transit Authority to purchase two new vehicles to support rural mobility needs.

Hanford Reach National Monument Transportation Improvements -- $1 million

This funding will improve road access and parking for the Hanford Reach National Monument Heritage and Visitor Center. Road improvements will also improve pedestrian access and safety. This funding will complete the project. Senator Murray secured $2.78 million for this project last year.



EASTERN WASHINGTON PROJECTS -- $4.89 million



Agriculture Freight Supply Chain Analysis -- $170,000

Funding secured by Senator Murray for this project will allow for research to be completed on the apple, potato, wheat, and grain freight supply chains. This study will focus on how to improve the freight system to better assist agricultural growers and farmers, processed food manufacturing, and food distribution centers that rely on freight service to reach markets.

Columbia County Public Transportation Vehicle Replacement -- $120,000

This funding will enable Columbia County Public Transportation to purchase two new vehicles to support rural mobility needs.

Garfield County Public Transportation Vehicle Replacement -- $70,000

This funding will enable Garfield County Public Transportation to purchase two new vehicles to support rural mobility needs.

Pullman Transit Vehicle Replacement -- $1 million

This funding will enable Pullman Transit to purchase up to 6 new vehicles, including an ADA van, to support rural mobility needs.



Spokane Post Street Centennial Trail and Utility Bridge -- $2 million

The funding secured by Senator Murray will enable the city of Spokane to reconstruct the Post Street bridge, which provides a pedestrian connection between downtown Spokane and the University District redevelopment, and carries the city’s main sewer line, which also serves the City of Spokane Valley. The city has already secured $5 million for design and construction and the funding provided will complete the project.

US-12 Improvements from Burbank to Walla Walla -- $1 million

This project will support environmental documentation and design for the for the next four-lane project in the forty mile long US-12 corridor from Burbank to Walla Walla. Phase 7 includes design and environmental documentation. The proposed project will widen US-12 from 2 to 4 lanes to improve capacity and expand economic development. Senator Murray secured $12 million for this project in previous years.

Valley Transit Vehicle Replacement -- $230,000

This funding will enable Valley Transit, which serves Walla Walla County, to purchase 3 new vehicles to support rural mobility needs.

East Central Community Center Expansion Project -- $300,000

This funding will support the East Central Community Organization’s efforts to expand the East Central Community Center to allow for expanded services. Specifically, the funding will help complete the first phase of the neighborhood resource expansion project. The Center offers a range of services, including: Headstart; a senior center; adult education and language courses; a supplemental food program for pregnant women, infants, and children; among others.



NORTHWEST WASHINGTON PROJECTS -- $5.835 million

City of Granite Falls Freight Access Project -- $2 million

The Granite Fall Alternate Route will serve as a strategic freight corridor providing improved access and level of service for truck traffic while improving public safety in Granite Falls. The 2-lane, 2-mile facility will connect SR-92 to the Mountain Loop Highway. This funding will enable Snohomish County to complete the first construction phase.

Community Transit Bus Rapid Replacement Program -- $1 million

Community Transit is developing the Puget Sound region’s first Bus Rapid Transit (or BRT) system along the SR-99 corridor, which will connect Everett and the Snohomish-King County line in 2008. Once completed, the project will include dedicated lanes, frequent departures, distinctive transit stations, unique vehicles, and other technological features that will improve service and accessibility. This funding will help Community Transit purchase BRT vehicles. Senator Murray secured $2.5 million for this project last year.

Island Transit Vehicle Replacement -- $435,000

This funding will enable Island Transit to purchase 20 vehicles to expand service and replace aged vehicles. This project will support rural mobility needs.

Port of Anacortes Transportation Infrastructure Improvements -- $1.15 million

This funding will support transportation infrastructure improvements at the Port of Anacortes. The Port’s Project Pier 1 project is a joint venture with Dakota Creek Industries to develop underutilized port property and provide deep water moorage along the pier. The port and Dakota Creek industries have already committed local funding of more than $15 million to support this project.

Tulalip Tribes 116th Street NE Interchange Improvement Project -- $1 million

This project will make needed improvements to the interchange of I-5 at 116th street NE on the Tulalip Tribes Reservation. These improvements are necessary to improve safety and mobility, and will support continued economic development. Senator Murray has secured $4 million for the project in previous years.

Bellingham Marine Trades Center Construction -- $250,000

These funds will aid the community's efforts to transform a 5 acre tissue warehouse on the Bellingham waterfront into a Marine Trades Center. The Center will seek to support many exisiting small businesses that are water-dependent as well as incubate new jobs and businesses for the community. There are more than 100 firms in the marine trade and fisheries in Whatcom County and boat building and repair is identified as a Washington state priority for job creation and workforce training assistance.

SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON PROJECTS -- $2.87 million

Clark County I-5/I-205 Salmon Creek Interchange Project -- $2 million

This funding will support efforts by Clark County to build a new I-5 interchange at NE 139th and make other road improvements throughout the NE 134th Street/I-5/I-205 corridor in the northern urban area of Clark County. This project will alleviate congestion and improve safety.

Maritime Fire and Safety Association, Columbia River -- $485,000

MFSA provides safety and security training and services to first responders along the Columbia River. The funding secured by Senator Murray will be used to upgrade their communications and emergency rescue capability. Senator Murray secured $925,000 for this project in previous years.

Pacific Transit Vehicle Replacement -- $210,000

This funding will enable Pacific Transit to purchase 1 new vehicle to support rural mobility needs.

Twin Transit (serving the cities of Centralia and Chehalis) Vehicle Acquisition -- $175,000

This funding will enable Lewis County’s Twin Transit to purchase 3 new vehicles to support rural mobility needs.

OLYMPIC PENINSULA PROJECTS -- $6.03 million

Clallam County Olympic Discovery Trail/Elwha River Pedestrian Bridge -- $500,000

This funding will support the pedestrian crossing component of a new bridge across the Elwha River in Clallam County. The pedestrian crossing will be below the deck of a new highway bridge connecting the historic crossing of the 1915 Seattle and North Coast Railway to US-101. The pedestrian bridge will provide a link between the eastern and western halves of the Olympic Discovery Trail.

Clallam Transit Vehicle Replacement -- $500,000

This funding will enable Clallam Transit to purchase two new vehicles to support rural mobility needs. Senator Murray secured $400,000 for Clallam Transit in previous years year.

Grays Harbor Transit Vehicle Replacement -- $1 million

This funding will enable Grays Harbor Transit to purchase up to four new vehicles to support rural mobility needs.

Jefferson Transit Vehicle Replacement -- $480,000

This funding will enable Jefferson Transit to purchase 3 new vehicles to support rural mobility needs.

Mason Transit Vehicle Replacement -- $300,000

This funding will allow Mason Transit to purchase up to 2 new vehicles to support rural mobility needs.

Port Angeles International Gateway Project -- $1 million

The funding secured by Senator Murray for Clallam Transit will help support the development of a multi-modal facility, public plaza, visitor center, park and ride and parking facility in downtown Port Angeles. This facility will be the downtown hub for transit buses, taxis, bicyclists, pedestrians, ferry passengers, and tourists. Senator Murray has previously secured more than $4 million for this project.



Skokomish Tribe Access Road and US-101 Realignment -- $1 million

The funding secured by Senator Murray for this project will help realign US-101, improve the line of sight, create a safe entrance onto the access road leading to the tribe’s new housing development, and improve overall safety conditions along the road.

Squaxin Island Tribe Arcadia Boat Ramp Project -- $1 million

The Arcadia Boat Ramp is heavily used by both tribal and community boat owners, and is only 1 of 4 public access boat ramps in Mason County. This project will rebuild the ramp and improve its capacity, using new technologies to reduce the impact on migration and tidal habitat. The funding secured by Senator Murray for this project will allow the Squaxin Island Tribe to complete this project.

Northwest Maritime Center Construction – $250,000

The funding provided will support the efforts of the city of Port Townsend and the Northwest Maritime Center to redevelop the former Thomas Oil Brownfield site. This initiative is aimed at revitalizing Port Townsend’s National Landmark Historic District and creating new economic, tourist, educational, and recreational opportunities.

STATEWIDE PROJECTS -- $5 million



Washington State Ferries -- $5 million

The bill includes a $5 million set-aside within the federal Ferry Boat program specifically for Washington State Ferries, which Senator Murray worked to have authorized in last year’s surface transportation bill, SAFETEA-LU.



TOTAL FUNDING SECURED FOR WASHINGTON STATE: $166.784 million