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(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray, the highest ranking Democrat on the Senate Transportation, Treasury, and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced she has secured $234.58 million in federal funding for Washington’s transportation priorities in the final House-Senate compromise on the fiscal year (FY) 2005 Omnibus Appropriations bill. The conference agreement passed the House of Representatives earlier today and is expected to pass the Senate later tonight. The bill will then be sent to President, who will sign it into law. The bill includes funding that Murray secured for Washington state’s roads, buses, airports, ferries and transit facilities.

“By investing in our transportation infrastructure, we are creating good-paying construction jobs today and paving the way for future economic growth,” Senator Murray said. “Our state is facing tough challenges, and these dollars will help improve our quality of life and increase economic prosperity.”

Working with her Republican counterparts on the Senate and House Appropriations Committees, Murray retained the funding levels for Washington state projects that she had previously secured in the Senate's FY 2005 Appropriations bill and provided additional funding for projects that were not in the Senate version.

The Washington state funding included by Murray is in addition to the formula funding the state receives annually from the federal government. In fiscal year 2005, the state will receive more than $600 million in Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration grants.

"I am proud to have worked with my colleagues to move these transportation funds in the Conference Committee," Murray said. "Investing in our state's transportation infrastructure means good-paying jobs today and continued economic growth in the future."

Note: Some projects are listed more than once because they impact more than one region. Projects are only counted once in reaching the $235 million total. Also, every project in the Omnibus bill (including each project listed in this release) is subject to an across-the-board cut of 0.83 % to keep the overall bill under spending caps. Separate press releases detail Murray's agriculture and non-transportation funding.

Funding by Region:

Puget Sound | Central | Eastern | Northwest | Southwest | Olympic | Statewide


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PUGET SOUND

Sound Transit, Link Light Rail ($80 million) - Sound Transit is constructing a 14-mile light rail system through downtown Seattle to the City of SeaTac. This is the first phase of a multi-stage, multi-modal, project. This project signed a revised Full Funding Grant Agreement with FTA for $500 million. Senator Murray secured $150 million for this project in previous appropriations.

Seattle, Alaskan Way Viaduct & Seawall ($1 million) - The Alaskan Way Viaduct’s seismic vulnerability puts public safety and the region's economy at risk. Studies show that within the next 10 years there is a one in twenty chance the viaduct and seawall will fail during a strong earthquake. The state and city have determined the best plan to replace the viaduct, and this funding will assist in preliminary planning and engineering for the construction effort. Senator Murray secured $3 million for this project in previous appropriations.

FAST Corridor ($2.5 million) - This funding will continue the development of the highly successful and nationally recognized freight mobility program. FAST Corridor focuses on improving the region's north-south rail and port access routes between the ports of Seattle, Tacoma and Everett. Senator Murray has secured over $135 million in federal funds for this project in previous appropriations and in TEA-21.

Seattle, Elliot Avenue & BNSF Crossing Path Improvements ($1 million) - This project will connect several separate areas into an 8.5 acre greenspace in downtown Seattle. It will also improve existing infrastructure while providing for safe pedestrian access to the central waterfront. Senator Murray secured $1 million for this project in previous appropriations.

Seattle, South Lake Union Circulation System (Seattle Trolley) ($1 million) - This project will help begin preliminary work to provide direct transit service from Westlake Center to the redevelopment area at South Lake Union. Senator Murray secured $1 million for this project in previous appropriations.

Seattle Traveler Information System ($1 million) - This project will provide real-time traffic condition information to Seattle-area travelers. This project will fund the purchase and construction of a series of in-pavement detector loops and detection cameras to transmit data to the City’s central system. The system map would be displayed on the Internet for people to use to make travel decisions in Seattle, and could also be used by traffic engineers to better monitor and troubleshoot traffic conditions.

King County, Park and Ride on First Hill, Seattle ($2 million) - This project will help build a new park and ride lot on First Hill. This lot will provide commuter and patients of area hospitals greater access and mobility. Senator Murray secured $3.626 million for this project in previous appropriations.

King County, Countywide Signal Program ($2 million) - This project will help implement signal synchronization, signal enhancements and intelligent transportation system applications along high-priority corridors in King County. This project will ultimately help reduce congestion, reduce commutes, improve freight mobility, increase transit efficiency, reduce fuel consumption, and enhance public safety. Senator Murray secured $1.5 million for this project in previous appropriations.

King County, Metro Clean Air Buses ($5 million) - This project will help Metro acquire 213 Hybrid clean air buses to replace outdated dual-powered diesel buses. Senator Murray secured $5 million for this project in previous appropriations.

King County Metro, King County Airfield Transfer Area ($2 million – This project will upgrade the bus stop and transit facility at the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field in Seattle, which will provide greater access to the Museum. It will also help bring people to and from the proposed $20 million education center scheduled to be built next to the Museum.

SeaTac, Air Traffic Control Tower ($1.3 million) – Senator Murray helped dedicate the new air traffic control tower at SeaTac on May 24, 2004. This tower will help provide safe and secure travel, commerce and economic development throughout our state. To date, Senator Murray has secured more than $76 million for this new tower. This funding is the last installment of funding.

Other SeaTac Funding: $209,107 for Air Traffic Control positions and $25.5 million for the FY 2005 LOI allocation for capital projects.

Pierce Transit Maintenance and Operations Facility ($1 million) - This project will provide needed infrastructure improvements to Pierce Transit's maintenance and operations facility. Senator Murray secured $7 million for this project in previous appropriations.

SR 509/SR 518 Interchange/Intersection Redevelopment (Burien) ($1.5 million) - This funding will advance the preliminary design and environmental work necessary to redevelop this interchange into a fully functioning freeway-to-freeway interchange. The SR 509/SR 518 Interchange provides primary access to the City of Burien and is a major freight connector to the SeaTac Airport. Senator Murray secured $2 million for this project in previous appropriations.

Edmonds Crossing Multimodal Transportation Terminal ($1 million) - This project will provide for the second phase of the Edmonds Crossing Multimodal Transportation Terminal. When completed this project will improve opportunities for connecting various forms of travel, including rail, ferry, bus, bicycle, walking and rideshare. Senator Murray secured $6 million for this project in previous appropriations.

Community Transit Bus and Van Replacement ($1 million) - This project will help Community Transit with their aggressive and comprehensive bus and van replacement project. Senator Murray secured $1 million for this project in previous appropriations.

Bellevue Access Downtown Project ($2 million) – This project will fund environmental review and initial design work for the NE 2nd Street and NE 10th Street interchanges. Bellevue is developing a roadway solution that improves access to downtown Bellevue and maintains or improves access to a regional hospital (Overlake) while accommodating planned expansion of the hospital campus and redevelopment of the surrounding land uses over time. Senator Murray secured $1 million for this project in previous appropriations.

Des Moines, Beach Park and North Marina Entrances Improvements ($230,000) – This project will create access between the Des Moines Beach Park entrance and the Marina entrance to downtown Des Moines. This project is needed to create barrier-free transportation modes for waterfront tourism in Des Moines.

Auburn, A-B Street NW Corridor Connector Project ($1 million) – This project will construct a missing 1.47 mile link in a 3.5 mile North/South corridor beginning at the inter-modal Auburn Station in the urban center and terminating at S. 277th Street on the northern city limits. This project will connect three grade-separated arterials which will enhance circulation and accessibility within the city and between the city and the regional transportation system.

Tacoma, Salishan Revitalization Project ($1.8 million) – This project will help make needed transportation improvements to the Tacoma Housing Authority’s Salishan Revitalization Project, which will be the largest redevelopment of mixed-use, mixed-income housing community featuring homeownership, senior housing, community facilities, and some neighborhood retail.

Tacoma Rail Train to the Mountain Project ($3.75 million) – This project will make needed track upgrades and signal improvements to the Mountain Division Rail Line for the Train to the Mountain Project. The 131-mile track starts in downtown Tacoma and divides at Frederickson into two branches which form the Morton and Chehalis lines. The project will result in up-to-date rail lines that will greatly improve freight services for Pierce County businesses and allow greater access in and out of the Port of Tacoma. It will also provide passenger improved access to Mount Rainer National Park for the over 2 million people who visit the park annually.

Tukwila, Urban Center Access Improvement Project ($1 million) – This project will address necessary improvements to Southcenter Parkway, between Tukwila Parkway/61st Avenue S and S 168th Street. This area is the primary entry/exit point into this major regional retail and warehousing area that suffers from extreme congestion throughout the day.

Tukwila, Southcenter Parkway Extension ($1 million) – This project will improve and realign an existing arterial between S. 180th Street and S. 200th Street in Tukwila. These improvements will improve mobility and access to the city and encourage additional economic development.

SR – 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Project ($1 million) – This project will accelerate the design and preliminary engineering for the enhancement or possible replacement of the SR 520 floating bridge and approaches on Lake Washington.

Puget Sound In-vehicle Traffic Map Demonstration and Expansion Initiative, Washington ($3.5 million) - Traffic sensor networks like the one installed in the Puget Sound region by WSDOT represents one of the most promising tools for reducing traffic congestion in major metropolitan areas. This funding will help expand a technology initiative that gives drivers real-time traffic information in their cars – helping reduce congestion. This project is already underway from Tacoma to Seattle. The new funding will expand the system of coverage to include I-5 from Everett to Tacoma, as well as Hwy. 99 and sections of Hwy. 16, Hwy. 18 and Hwy. 167. This funding will also test the expansion and use of this technology to help find trouble spots and identify needed improvements.

Lynnwood Traffic Management Center of Multi-Jurisdictional Intelligent Transportation System ($1 million) – This project will help complete a traffic management center linking Lynnwood to Mountlake Terrace, Edmonds, WSDOT, Snohomish County, Community Transit and the University of Washington. It would create a permanent home for an ITS control center, adequate space for future expansions, integrations, and upgrades to ITS. It will ultimately provide better service to traveling public and reduce congestion.

Washington State Ferries’ Set-Aside ($5 million) – The bill includes a set-aside of $5 million for Washington State Ferries for infrastructure improvements on the system.

Ferry Boat Buy, Kitsap County ($1.75 million) – Kitsap Transit recently entered into a joint agreement with a private operator to run passenger-only ferry service in and out of Bremerton. This project will help provide a technologically advanced boat that will be able to run at high speeds, carry numerous passengers and do so in a safe and environmentally friendly manner.

Kitsap Transit, Bus Replacement ($1 million) - This project will help Kitsap transit replace out of date buses. Senator Murray secured $1 million for this project in previous appropriations.

Smart Video Surveillance for Ferry Security, Washington State Ferries ($750,000) – This project will help WSF purchase technology that will assist in providing the most up-to-date and advanced security system available. Having video surveillance that can detect and identify threats without human operation will make WSF’s security system that much better at protecting its passengers.

Cross Base Highway, Pierce County ($1.5 million) – This project will help Pierce County and WSDOT complete environmental work and preliminary engineering on the Cross Base Highway, which is a new highway in Pierce County that will more efficiently connect the central part of the country. It will improve commercial and commuter access to the county, which will enhance economic development and quality of life.

I-5/116th Street NE Interchange Improvements, Tulalip Tribes ($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 planned economic development. Senator Murray secured $2 million for this project in previous appropriations.

Pacific Northwest Freight Mobility Program, Washington State University, the University of Washington, and North Dakota State University ($500,000) - This funding will help create a freight mobility program at Washington State University, the University of Washington, and North Dakota State University. The program will study and promote freight mobility in the Pacific Northwest trade corridor, offering new tools and ideas to keep freight moving quickly for jobs and economic growth.

Western Washington University Border Research Institute ($1 million) - The $1 million in FY 2005 will help establish a multi-disciplinary policy research institute at Western Washington University to develop needed information regarding transportation, mobility and border security issues for the northern corridor. WWU is at the northern terminus of the I-5 corridor and is uniquely situated for this project.

Boeing, Global Communications, Navigation, and Surveillance System ($10 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 Traffice Management (ATM) system. Murray secured $25 million in FY 2002 and $20 million in FY 2004. That funding went to the FAA, which independently awarded the contract to Boeing after a competition. On April 16, 2004, Murray toured Boeing’s Longacres facility in Tukwila and met the workers who are building this new, innovative system. This funding means continued quality jobs for Washington state workers and more hi-tech work for the Tukwila facility.

Automated Technical Support System (Dimension4 in Seattle) ($2 million) -These funds will be used to develop a pilot to design, build and test an automated air traffic solution with capabilities for response and decision support following a failure on short range radar systems. This back-up safety system will allow a pilot to reference and use new technical manuals that provide primary troubleshooting and information retrieval. Getting the pilot all the information they need to address any safety problem will make flying safer.

University of Washington Advanced Materials Research ($500,000) - Composite materials are increasingly being used in military and commercial aircraft to improve capability, durability and reliability. This project will help found and establish a Center that will help do R&D on advanced materials in aerospace and aviation. Senator Murray provided $500,000 for this project in previous appropriations.

Mobile Object Technology (Topia Ventures in Tacoma) ($2 million) - This funding will help further a pilot that illustrates how Topia Mobile Object technology, Kolona, and its uses in the current complex network environments like the National Air Space System (NAS) and System Wide Information Management (SWIM). Kolona primarily allows different aviation systems for security and for safety to interact effectively with one another so there is not system failure or any delay on the information the pilot and air traffic control have at their disposal. Senator Murray provided $3 million for this project in previous appropriations.

Everett, Henry M. Jackson Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge and Snohomish River Shoreline Trail Project ($500,000) – These improvements will provide public access to much of Everett’s riverfront and bayside shoreline that is currently inaccessible. The City has already completed nearly four miles of continuous, separated non-motorized trail system around Everett’s peninsula, and they are currently constructing an additional 1.2 miles of trail as part of that system. These funds will help construct the final link of the trail by providing a bridge over BNSF rail lines to City-owned property on the west side of the Snohomish River.

US – 2 Development Plan, Snohomish County ($500,000) – United States Highway 2 provides east-west access over the Cascade Mountains in Snohomish County. This mostly two-lane highway is inadequate to meet the growth of freight and car traffic using US – 2. Consequently, the road has become one of the least safe in the state. This project will help develop a plan to expand and improve US – 2. The cities of Snohomish, Monroe, Sultan, Gold Bar, Index, and Skykomish have been integral parts of the Highway 2 Safety Coalition, which has sponsored this project along with WSDOT.

Intercity Transit ITS, Thurston County ($2 million) – This project will help Intercity Transit upgrade radio equipment to respond to an FCC rule change to reduce the broadcast signal width, allowing for greater airwave capacity. The project will also make significant security improvements that will provide a safer environment for customers and bus drivers.

Intercity Transit Buses, Thurston County ($1 million) – This project will assist Intercity Transit in replacing their bus fleet with cleaner vehicles. Senator Murray secured $1 million for this project in previous appropriations.

Olympia Air Traffic Control Tower ($510,772) - These funds will be used to upgrade and improve air traffic control systems at the Olympia Airport.

North Central Puget Sound Vehicle Trip Reduction Incentives ($1 million) - This program will help WSDOT create partnerships with employers with North Central Puget Sound communities designed to create transportation efficiencies. Employees will be able to access funding to secure forms for public transportation, such as transit buses, ferries, or various commuter arrangements.

WestStart’s Vehicular Flywheel Project in the Pacific Northwest ($500,000) - This funding will help the Vehicular Flywheel Project comply with safety requirements identified by potential bus manufactures, satisfy heavy duty vehicle power management requirements, meet all federal standardized weight and size requirements, and provide engineering support for the flywheel power system during vehicle testing as required by design specifications. The Vehicular Flywheel is a state-of-the-art primary energy source for motorized vehicles that is being developed by AFS Trinity Power Corporation in Medina, Washington. Senator Murray secured $2.375 million in previous appropriations.

Non-Transportation Projects in the Puget Sound

Seattle Nakamura Courthouse (repair and alterations) ($50.21 million) - These funds will renovate, modernize, and backfill to repair the aging Federal Nakamura Courthouse in Seattle, Washington (built in 1939). Specifically, it will consolidate, expand and increase space for the US Court of Appeals and future tenant agencies.



CENTRAL WASHINGTON PROJECTS

Yakima Grade Separation ($2 million) - The City of Yakima has seen a dramatic increase in emergency vehicle response time and increasing general traffic congestion in the downtown area since the reopening of Stampede Pass. This funding will complete the grade separations being constructed on the rail line. Senator Murray secured $9.225 million in federal funding for this project in previous appropriations.

US 12 Widening, Wallula Junction to Walla Walla ($2.25 million) - This project will provide funding to widen US 12 from Wallula Junction to Walla Walla to four lanes. Senator Murray secured $4.4 million to four-lane US 12 from Burbank to Wallula Junction, which, along with significant state and local resources, will fully fund the construction of that section. Senator Murray also secured $3 million to four-lane US 12 from Wallula Junction to Walla Walla in previous appropriations.

Walla Walla Economic Development Study for the Reuse of Surplus Property at the Wainright VA Medical Center ($250,000) - The greater Walla Walla community is working with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs toward a plan that would relieve the VA of some of the surplus property and buildings. The plan would allow the local VA to realize the budget efficiencies necessary to modernize the facilities currently in use and provide the local community with a historically significant economic development opportunity. Funding would be used by the Walla Walla VA Task Force, in conjunction with the city, county and port authority to study the feasibility of their plan, including land use, environmental impact, transfer of property and upkeep of historically significant structures

Richland, SR – 240 Sound Wall and Irrigation Main Relocation ($1 million) – This project will construct a sound barrier wall and relocate an irrigation main that provides irrigation water to the SR – 240 Shelterbelt along the west side of the City of Richland. Senator Murray secured $9.5 million in improvements to this Interstate in previous appropriations.

Richland, Columbia Point South Road Improvements ($1 million) - This funding will improve road access to and parking for Columbia Point South and the Hanford Reach National Monument Heritage and Visitor Center. Road improvements will improve automobile access and increase pedestrian safety. Funding will also be used to abate noise from nearby I-182.

Okanogan County Senior Citizens JARC ($226,430) – This project helps Okanogan County senior citizens and disabled to access transportation services.

Quincy, Short Haul Rail Inter-Modal Pilot Project ($1 million) – This project will promote short-haul/short-line rail shipping between the Ports of Tacoma and Seattle and Quincy. Specifically, the project will make needed rail improvements and help purchase equipment that will develop an “agile port” at Quincy capable of handling the many complex transportation and logistical needs of shippers, growers and manufacturers. Better connections between growers and manufacturers in the Quincy area to mainline rail will promote area agricultural products and manufactured goods and make them more competitive on the world markets.

Washington Bus System Program of Projects ($1.3 million) – This group of projects helps provide bus replacement, needed equipment and other infrastructure improvements to several transit agencies in the state of Washington. Specifically, Central Washington transit agencies will receive $800,000 for Grant Transit (Grant County) and $500,000 for Valley Transit (Walla Walla).

Washington State Produce Rail Car Program ($1 million) – There is currently a critical shortage of railcars for people who need to ship perishable commodities like fruit and vegetables in Washington state. This project, modeled on the successful Washington Grain Train project, will restore and refurbish rail cars in order to put them in service to help with the shortage.

Ben Franklin Transit (Tri-Cities), Maintenance and Operations Facility ($1.05 million) – This project will help Ben Franklin Transit build a new maintenance and operations facility.



EASTERN WASHINGTON PROJECTS

Spokane, Riverside Avenue Extension Project ($3 million - This project will provide pedestrian safety enhancements and transportation infrastructure within the City's proposed University District along Riverside Avenue. The City's proposed University District Project will provide economic development, create jobs and reinvigorate the downtown core by making substantial improvements to the Riverpoint Campus area. Senator Murray secured $1 million for elements of this project in previous appropriations.

U.S. 395, North Spokane Corridor ($1 million) - This project consists of building a 10.5-mile long limited-access corridor linking I-90 and existing U.S. 395. This is an important commuter and freight route in the Spokane region. Senator Murray secured $12 million in federal funding for this project in previous appropriations.

Spokane International Airport, Taxiway ‘C’ Extension ($5 million) – This project will continue work on extending Taxiway ‘C’ at the Spokane International Airport. This project is critical to the long term expansion plans of the Airport.

Spokane International Airport, Air Traffic Control Tower & TRACON ($2.5 million) - Spokane is going through the process of relocating and constructing a new Air Traffic Control Tower and TRACON. Senator Murray secured $13.12 million for this project in previous appropriations.

Spokane Region High Speed Rail Corridor Study ($1 million) - These funds will be used to analyze actions that can be taken to move freight and passenger rail more efficiently through the critical high speed rail corridor in Spokane.

US 12 Widening, Wallula Junction to Walla Walla ($2.25 million) - This project will provide funding to widen US 12 from Wallula Junction to Walla Walla to four lanes. Senator Murray secured $4.4 million to four-lane US 12 from Burbank to Wallula Junction, which, along with significant state and local resources, will fully fund the construction of that section. Senator Murray also secured $3 million to four-lane US 12 from Wallula Junction to Walla Walla in previous appropriations.

Walla Walla Economic Development Study for the Reuse of Surplus Property at the Wainright VA Medical Center ($250,000) - The greater Walla Walla community is working with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs toward a plan that would relieve the VA of some of the surplus property and buildings. The plan would allow the local VA to realize the budget efficiencies necessary to modernize the facilities currently in use and provide the local community with a historically significant economic development opportunity. Funding would be used by the Walla Walla VA Task Force, in conjunction with the city, county and port authority to study the feasibility of their plan, including land use, environmental impact, transfer of property and upkeep of historically significant structures.

Richland, SR – 240 Sound Wall and Irrigation Main Relocation ($1 million) – This project will construct a sound barrier wall and relocate an irrigation main that provides irrigation water to the SR – 240 Shelterbelt along the west side of the City of Richland. Senator Murray secured $9.5 million in improvements to this Interstate in previous appropriations.

Richland, Columbia Point South Road Improvements ($1 million) - This funding will improve road access to and parking for Columbia Point South and the Hanford Reach National Monument Heritage and Visitor Center. Road improvements will improve automobile access and increase pedestrian safety. Funding will also be used to abate noise from nearby I-182.

N.W. Lincoln County Regional P.D.A. Industrial Park Transportation Improvements ($170,000) – This project will make road and rail improvements at the Lincoln County Regional P.D.A. Industrial Park. The park is working on expanding and improving their facilities in order to attract new business and provide reliable services to current users.

Pacific Northwest Freight Mobility Program, Washington State University, the University of Washington, and North Dakota State University ($500,000) - This funding will help create a freight mobility program at Washington State University, the University of Washington, and North Dakota State University. The program will study and promote freight mobility in the Pacific Northwest trade corridor, offering new tools and ideas to keep freight moving quickly for jobs and economic growth.

Quincy, Short Haul Rail Inter-Modal Pilot Project ($1 million) – This project will promote short-haul/short-line rail shipping between the Ports of Tacoma and Seattle and Quincy. Specifically, the project will make needed rail improvements and help purchase equipment that will develop an “agile port” at Quincy capable of handling the many complex transportation and logistical needs of shippers, growers and manufacturers. Better connections between growers and manufacturers in the Quincy area to mainline rail will promote area agricultural products and manufactured goods and make them more competitive on the world markets.

Washington State Produce Rail Car Program ($1 million) – There is currently a critical shortage of railcars for people who need to ship perishable commodities like fruit and vegetables in Washington state. This project, modeled on the successful Washington Grain Train project, will restore and refurbish rail cars in order to put them in service to help with the shortage.

Ben Franklin Transit (Tri-Cities), Maintenance and Operations Facility ($1 million) – This project will help Ben Franklin Transit build a new maintenance and operations facility.

Washington Bus System Program of Projects ($100,000) – This group of projects helps provide bus replacement, needed equipment and other infrastructure improvements to several transit agencies in the state of Washington. Specifically, Eastern Washington transit agencies will receive $50,000 for Columbia County Transit and $50,000 for Garfield Transit (Garfield County).

NORTHWEST WASHINGTON PROJECTS

Bellingham, San Juan Boulevard ($1 million) - This project will help construct a two-lane arterial street with bicycle lanes and mass transit facilities from the south side of Bellingham to I-5. Senator Murray provided $1.225 million for this project in previous appropriations.

Western Washington University Border Research Institute ($1 million) - The $1 million in FY 2005 will help establish a multi-disciplinary policy research institute at Western Washington University to develop needed information regarding transportation, mobility and border security issues for the northern corridor. WWU is at the northern terminus of the I-5 corridor and is uniquely situated for this project.

Mount Vernon, Skagit Valley Hospital Transportation Access ($2 million) – This project will provide needed infrastructure improvements – such as signal and intersection improvements, parking relocation and development, street resurfacing, and sewer upgrades. These improvements will help provide great access to and from Skagit Valley Hospital.

I-5 Blaine Exit Interchange Improvements ($3.314 million) – This project will provide improvements to I-5 south of the US/Canadian border and rebuild the current I-5 exit 276 Blaine interchange to the south of the current location to mitigate the funded GSA expansion of the Peace Arch Port of Entry Border facility. The GSA project impacts access to the City of Blaine. This funding will also help build a new access point to ensure the citizens of Blaine are able to get on and off I-5 without traveling long distances.

Swinomish Marina Project, Northwest Washington ($2 million) – This project will help the Swinomish Tribe, located in the Northwest area of Washington state, to develop a 1216-slip marina. This project will provide needed economic development and greater tribal access to area waterways.

Lincoln Creek Transportation Center, Whatcom County ($2 million) – This project will construct a park-and-ride to serve the citizens of Whatcom County and the Western Washington University Community.

Lynnwood Traffic Management Center of Multi-Jurisdictional Intelligent Transportation System ($1 million) – This project will help complete a traffic management center linking Lynnwood to Mountlake Terrace, Edmonds, WSDOT, Snohomish County, Community Transit and the University of Washington. It would create a permanent home for an ITS control center, adequate space for future expansions, integrations, and upgrades to ITS. It will ultimately provide better service to traveling public and reduce congestion.

Edmonds Crossing Multimodal Transportation Terminal ($1 million) - This project will provide for the second phase of the Edmonds Crossing Multimodal Transportation Terminal. When completed this project will improve opportunities for connecting various forms of travel, including rail, ferry, bus, bicycle, walking and rideshare. Senator Murray secured $6 million for this project in previous appropriations.

Everett, Henry M. Jackson Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge and Snohomish River Shoreline Trail Project ($500,000) – These improvements will provide public access to much of Everett’s riverfront and bayside shoreline that is currently inaccessible. The City has already completed nearly four miles of continuous, separated non-motorized trail system around Everett’s peninsula, and they are currently constructing an additional 1.2 miles of trail as part of that system. These funds will help construct the final link of the trail by providing a bridge over BNSF rail lines to City-owned property on the west side of the Snohomish River.

US – 2 Development Plan, Snohomish County ($500,000) – United States Highway 2 provides east-west access over the Cascade Mountains in Snohomish County. This mostly two-lane highway is inadequate to meet the growth of freight and car traffic using US – 2. Consequently, the road has become one of the least safe in the state. This project will help develop a plan to expand and improve US – 2. The cities of Snohomish, Monroe, Sultan, Gold Bar, Index, and Skykomish have been integral parts of the Highway 2 Safety Coalition, which has sponsored this project along with WSDOT.

Community Transit Bus and Van Replacement ($1 million) - This project will help Community Transit with their aggressive and comprehensive bus and van replacement project. Senator Murray secured $1 million for this project in previous appropriations.

I-5/116th Street NE Interchange Improvements, Tulalip Tribes ($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 planned economic development. Senator Murray secured $2 million for this project in previous appropriations.

Puget Sound In-vehicle Traffic Map Demonstration and Expansion Initiative, Washington ($3.5 million) - Traffic sensor networks like the one installed in the Puget Sound region by WSDOT represents one of the most promising tools for reducing traffic congestion in major metropolitan areas. This funding will help expand a technology initiative that gives drivers real-time traffic information in their cars – helping reduce congestion. This project is already underway from Tacoma to Seattle. The new funding will expand the system of coverage to include I-5 from Everett to Tacoma, as well as Hwy. 99 and sections of Hwy. 16, Hwy. 18 and Hwy. 167. This funding will also test the expansion and use of this technology to help find trouble spots and identify needed improvements.

FAST Corridor ($2.5 million) - This funding will continue the development of the highly successful and nationally recognized freight mobility program. FAST Corridor focuses on improving the region's north-south rail and port access routes between the ports of Seattle, Tacoma and Everett. Senator Murray has secured over $135 million in federal funds for this project in previous appropriations and in TEA-21.

Washington Bus System Program of Projects ($400,000) – This group of projects helps provide bus replacement, needed equipment and other infrastructure improvements to several transit agencies in the state of Washington. Specifically, Northwest Washington transit agencies will receive $400,000 for Island Transit (Island County).

Non-Transportation Projects in Northwest Washington

Washington State Border Communities Prosecution Initiative ($1 million) - Enforcement activities on the border between Washington state and Canada have increased dramatically since 9/11. Funding is provided to compensate those local communities along the border that have had to bear increasing costs associated with jailing, prosecuting, and defending suspected criminals for crimes at the border. Whatcom County Prosecutors have been advocating strongly for several years for funding to defray these costs. There is currently a program on the Southwest Border to help with enforcement activities, and Senators Murray and Cantwell have a bill to authorize a similar program along the northern border.

SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON PROJECTS

White Salmon, SR – 14 Wastewater Collector Main Truckline Project ($750,000) - Funding will begin construction of the riverfront corridor wastewater collection trunkline which will benefit the environment and promote economic development. The new line will allow commercial and light industrial development in the river front district. It will allow for the conversion of existing on-site septic systems to the municipal wastewater collection system. The expansion will initially be from the city of Bingen’s existing system to the city of White Salmon’s river front area.

Vancouver, SR-14 Pedestrian Bridge ($1.5 million) - This project is part of the Confluence Project commemorating the Lewis and Clark expedition. Specifically, this project will help construct a "and land bridge" or pedestrian crossing over SR-14 that would reconnect the main portion of the Vancouver National Historic Reserve with the waterfront. Senator Murray secured $500,000 for this project in previous appropriations.

Clark County Transit ITS ($2 million) - This project will help C-TRAN continue the deployment of advanced traveler information systems (such as real-time arrival kiosks at transit centers) and a fleet maintenance management system. Senator Murray secured $1.6 million for this project in previous appropriations.

I-5 Transportation and Trade Partnership Project, Southwest Washington ($2 million) – This project will help continue the work on analyzing and implementing the strategic plan on improving transportation problems in the Southwest Washington / Portland Metropolitan Region. The federal government has invested $10 million to date on this project.

I-5/I-205/SR-500 Transit Loop Alternative Analysis, Southwest Washington ($1.5 million) – This project will do the preliminary work to design and build a light rail loop to connect the City of Vancouver to the Portland MAX system. When completed, this loop will provide greater connects between Southwest Washington and the Portland area. Residents will then have a comprehensive transit alternative. This will reduce traffic, improve the environment and contribute to a better quality of life.

Maritime Fire and Safety Association, Columbia River ($500,000) – MFSA provides safety and security training and services to first responders along the Columbia River. This funding will be used to upgrade their communications and emergency rescue capability.

Port of Ridgefield Grade Crossing Project ($1 million) – This project will help construct a grade crossing improvement project at the Port of Ridgefield. Currently the at-grade crossing is extremely dangerous in design and visibility. This project will improve safety and efficiency at the port.

Port of Vancouver, Fruit Valley Bypass/26th Avenue Extension ($1 million) – This project will improve rail and truck access to the Port of Vancouver. Currently, the road and rail infrastructure is inadequate to handle trains coming in and out of the Port. This project will help make needed improvements to both.

SR -6, Bridge Replacement Project, Pacific County ($1 million) – SR -6 is the only link for northern Pacific County coastal communities and western Lewis County communities to the I-5 corridor. This project will help provide a plan to replace and/or refurbish the 6 main bridges on SR-6, which will improve safety and mobility in and out of Pacific and Lewis County.

I-5/SR – 432 Interchange Modernization, Kelso/Longview ($2 million) – This project will provide greater access to and from the I-5 corridor from SR – 432. This roadway is the primary access to and from the Port of Longview and Kelso.

Intercity Transit ITS, Thurston County ($2 million) – This project will help Intercity Transit upgrade radio equipment to respond to an FCC rule change to reduce the broadcast signal width, allowing for greater airwave capacity. The project will also make significant security improvements that will provide a safer environment for customers and bus drivers.

Intercity Transit Buses, Thurston County ($1 million) – This project will assist Intercity Transit in replacing their bus fleet with cleaner vehicles. Senator Murray secured $1 million for this project in previous appropriations.

Olympia Air Traffic Control Tower ($510,772) - These funds will be used to upgrade and improve air traffic control systems at the Olympia Airport.

Washington Bus System Program of Projects ($450,000) – This group of projects helps provide bus replacement, needed equipment and other infrastructure improvements to several transit agencies in the state of Washington. Specifically, Southwest Washington transit agencies will receive $50,000 for Pacific Transit (Pacific County) and $400,000 for Twin Transit (serving the cities of Centralia and Chehalis).

OLYMPIC PENINSULA PROJECTS

Ferry Boat Buy, Kitsap County ($1.75 million) – Kitsap Transit recently entered into a joint agreement with a private operator to run passenger-only ferry service in and out of Bremerton. This project will help provide a technologically advanced boat that will be able to run at high speeds, carry numerous passengers and do so in a safe and environmentally friendly manner.

Washington State Ferries’ Set-Aside ($5 million) – The bill includes a set-aside of $5 million for Washington State Ferries for infrastructure improvements on the system.

Kitsap Transit, Bus Replacement ($1 million) - This project will help Kitsap transit replace out of date buses. Senator Murray secured $1 million for this project in previous appropriations.

Port Angeles International Gateway Project ($1 million) – This project will help build 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. This project is part of Port Angeles’ long term downtown revitalization efforts. Senator Murray secured $1.5 million in previous appropriations.

Washington Bus System Program of Projects ($2.75 million) – This group of projects helps provide bus replacement, needed equipment and other infrastructure improvements to several transit agencies in the state of Washington. Specifically, Olympic Peninsula Washington transit agencies will receive $400,000 for Clallam Transit (Clallam County), $600,000 for Grays Harbor Transit (Grays Harbor County), $1.35 for Jefferson Transit (Jefferson County) and $400,000 for Mason Transit (Mason County).

MISCELLANEOUS / STATEWIDE PROJECTS

North Central Puget Sound Vehicle Trip Reduction Incentives ($1 million) - This program will help WSDOT create partnerships with employers in North Central Puget Sound communities designed to create transportation efficiencies. Employees will be able to access funding to secure forms for public transportation, such as transit buses, ferries, or various commuter arrangements.

Boeing, Global Communications, Navigation, and Surveillance System ($10 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 secured $25 million in FY 2002 and $20 million in FY 2004. That funding went to the FAA, which independently awarded the contract to Boeing after a competition. On April 16, 2004, Murray toured Boeing’s Longacres facility in Tukwila and met the workers who are building this new, innovative system. This funding means continued quality jobs for Washington state workers and more hi-tech work for the Tukwila facility.

Washington State Transit Car-Sharing Job Access Project ($2 million) – This project will help expand the use of car-sharing programs to help solve ‘last mile’ problems that result in public transportation users who have to use a car for only a short duration.

WorkFirst Transportation Initiative ($1,598,570) – The project allows lower income people to get to work and school by increasing access to vanpools, mobility managers, transportation brokerages, off-hour fixed routes, taxi vouchers, and dial-a-ride services.

Washington State Ferries’ Set-Aside ($5 million) – The bill includes a set-aside of $5 million for Washington State Ferries for infrastructure improvements on the system.

Maritime Domain Awareness Pilot Project, WA ($1.1 million) - Our nation’s Marine Exchanges are not integrated. Without information sharing, the security and efficiency of waterborne traffic coming into the United States can be impacted. This pilot project will provide the "proof of concept" for the integration of data from a set of Marine Exchanges to provide an integrated data portal to serve government users including the Coast Guard, Navy, CBE, ICE and other government and non-government users who have a legitimate right or need for the information as needed. Senator Murray provided $1.1 for this project in previous appropriations.