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$15 Million For Tacoma Link Expansion
Good news for Tacoma's Link expansion: the project has been awarded a $15 million grant from the federal TIGER grant. Representative Derek Kilmer and Senator Patty Murray both announced the funds that will support the $165 million project, which more than doubles Tacoma's Link line from 1.6 miles to 4.
The TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) Discretionary Grant program invests in local rail, road, and port projects with national significance, which seek to improve local infrastructure critical to transportation networks.
The News Tribune does the math, saying that of the $40 million Tacoma is expected to contribute to the project, this brings the total contributed by outside sources to $33 million. That's in addition to $50 million from Sound Transit, and a $75 million federal Small Starts grant (that one is part of a proposed package that still needs to get through Congress).
According to the Kilmer release, the Tacoma Link project is on track to begin construction in 2017 or 2018, if all anticipated funding come through.
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