Touring the Redmond Central Connector

The City of Redmond has transformed an old rail line into a new trail and linear park that connects to the regional trail system.

The Redmond Central Connector features striking public art.

The Redmond Central Connector features striking public art.

The 1.1-mile Central Connector trail links the historic Old Town with the newer Redmond Town Center.

Members of PSRC’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee are taking a tour of the Connector on foot and bike today.

The trail project and other investments by the city are aimed at making downtown Redmond a magnet for people to live, shop and gather — and eventually catch a ride on light rail.

In 2010, PSRC provided $2.3 million in federal transportation enhancements funds for the first phase of the Central Connector project.

The second phase of the Redmond Connector is in design now with construction anticipated to start in spring 2015. It’s among the projects recommended for funding by PSRC’s Executive Board in July.

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Special Needs Transportation Funding Call for Projects

PSRC’s 2014-2015 Coordinated Grant Program for special needs transportation projects is now underway.

The call for projects for $4.4 million in PSRC Special Needs Transportation Funds is now underway!

The call for projects for $4.4 million in PSRC Special Needs Transportation Funds is now underway!

This program will fund $4.4 million in eligible projects from Federal Transit Administration Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program  funds and ranks projects applying to WSDOT’s Consolidated Grant Program.

Application materials are available online and are due to PSRC on September 30, 2014.

Those applicants who are seeking these funds are still required to submit an eligibility screening form to gcerise@psrc.org no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, August 22, 2014  to be eligible for these funds as part of the PSRC competitive grant process.

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President signs transportation bailout

President Obama put an end to months of uncertainty on Friday when he signed legislation patching the Highway Trust Fund through May.

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Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is urging Congress to enact a long term transportation solution

The day before, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx held a nationwide town hall to encourage people to engage in a long term fix now.

“We can’t wait until May,” Foxx said.

The Administration is promoting its “GROW AMERICA Act” as a solution.

The region is counting on federal funds in the future.

This month the Puget Sound Regional Council is busy preparing the region’s next Transportation Improvement Program.  It will include projects counting on federal funding through 2018.

The new TIP will be released for public comment in September.

The current program includes over 500 projects and programs in the region that are counting on over $2.7 billion in federal funds through 2016.


Eligibility screening for special needs transportation funding

PSRC’s 2014-2015 Coordinated Grant Program for special needs transportation projects is underway.

A formal call for projects and application materials for the 2014-2015 Coordinated Grant will be available online during the week of August 4 – 8.

A formal call for projects and application materials for the 2014-2015 Coordinated Grant will be available online during the week of August 4 – 8.

This year, applicants interested in seeking PSRC’s dedicated special needs transportation funds must submit an eligibility screening form. The form is available here and must be returned to Gil Cerise at gcerise@psrc.org no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, August 22, 2014 .

Applicants are encouraged to submit forms as early as possible.  PSRC will work with WSDOT and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to assess project and applicant eligibility on an ongoing basis.  Responses will be provided to applicants as soon as possible.

PSRC’s Coordinated Grant program funds eligible projects from FTA Section 5310 (Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities) funds and ranks projects applying to WSDOT’s Consolidated Grant Program.

A formal call for projects and application materials for the 2014-2015 Coordinated Grant will be available online during the week of August 4 – 8.  Please see the schedule for more information.

 

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Big and small projects to get PSRC funding

As we’ve written about here, the Puget Sound Regional Council is getting ready to recommend $690 million to projects around the region through 2017.  On Thursday, July 24,  the Executive Board will consider approval.

As a transit provider to the region, the Monorail  receives federal funding to maintain the existing system and trains.

As a transit provider to the region, the Seattle Monorail will receive about $3 million in FTA funding to maintain the existing system and trains.

The biggest project award is $101,267,278 for King County Metro Vehicle, Equipment and Facilities Maintenance from the Federal Transit Administration.

The majority of PSRC’s FTA funds are distributed through an earned share process, with funding amounts corresponding to the transit service and operating characteristics of each transit agency in the region.

The smallest project award is $40,000 for Kitsap Transit’s electric vehicle charging station infrastructure at the Harper Church Park and Ride in Poulsbo and Bayside Park and Ride located in Kingston.

Find out more about all the recommended projects here.

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Congress moves patch for transportation

The House of Representatives voted to patch  federal transportation programs.  Today’s action follows a bipartisan agreement announced last week in the Senate.

The House passed legislation would sustain federal transportation funding and extend existing federal transportation programs through May of 2015.

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The White House released a report called: An Economic Analysis of Transportation Infrastructure Investment

The Obama administration has endorsed the House passed bill, and bolstered the case for action with release of an economic analysis of transportation investment.

The analysis reports that over 13,000 jobs in Washington state are at risk if federal transportation funding is not sustained – and that 22% of roads in Washington are in poor condition and 26% of bridges in the state are deficient or obsolete.

About 500 transportation projects underway in the region are counting on $2.7 billion in federal transportation funds over the next few years.

On Thursday the PSRC’s Executive Board will consider approval of projects for an additional $690 million in federal funds the region expects to receive in the next three years.

Congress and the Administration have until the end of the month to shore up transportation funding – which has been trending toward insolvency.

 

 

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Board recommends $690 million for transportation

Construction of a new Mukilteo Ferry Terminal and replacing King County Metro electric trolley buses are among the projects being recommended for funding by the Puget Sound Regional Council.

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You can find projects being recommended for funding on this clickable map.

Check out this map that shows where all the projects are located.  Another map sorts projects by Congressional district.

Today the PSRC’s Transportation Policy Board recommended $690 million of the region’s federal funds for projects for ferries, buses, light rail, road improvements, biking and walking, and more. Here’s a complete list with project descriptions.

The recommendation now goes to the Executive Board for a vote on July 24.  For more details, visit the project selection web page.

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