An extra $19 million for bus purchases, maintenance and other transit investments is coming to the region.
Intercity Transit will receive a share of the region’s federal transit funding because the agency provides commuting service into the region.
On Thursday, June 9, the Transportation Policy Board will make a recommendation on the projects receiving funding.
The region receives funds from the Federal Transit Administration based on formula that considers service and operating characteristics of each transit agency, as well as regional attributes. The exact funding amount is adjusted annually.
PSRC originally distributed 2016 funding from the Federal Transit Administration as part of the 2014 project selection process using an estimate based on previous funding levels.
When FTA published the 2016 allocations to its funding programs, PSRC’s 2016 FTA funds were higher than originally estimated by $19.4 million.
Two transit agencies outside the region – Intercity Transit in Thurston County and Skagit Transit in Skagit County – will receive some of the funding because they provide service to people commuting into the region.
Some of the projects recommended for funding:
King County Metro – Trolley Bus Replacement – $4,624,579
Intercity Transit – Replacement Fixed Route Coaches – $2,859,986
Sound Transit Regional Express Bus Program – $3,495,417
Kitsap Transit – North Kitsap Base – $490,318
The Transportation Policy Board will meet on Thursday, June 9, 9:30-11:30 a.m., in PSRC’s board room. You can find full agenda packet here.
Other agenda items include:
- Overview of Special Needs Transportation and Approval of Updated Section 5310 Program Management Plan
- Travel Trends presentation
- ORCA Data Analysis Project