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7/16/2004



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House subcommittee earmarks $80 million for Sound Transit's Central Link


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The U.S. House Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee recently approved Sound Transit’s $80 million federal funding request for the agency’s Central Link light-rail project.

The funds would be the fiscal-year 2005 installment of the $500 million, multi-year Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) Sound Transit obtained from the Federal Transit Administration last October. The federal dollars for the project also are included in the Bush Administration’s FY2005 budget.

To date, Sound Transit has received $166 million of the FFGA.

The subcommittee’s proposal now will be considered by the full House Appropriations Subcommittee, then move to a House vote.

Sound Transit broke ground on the 4.3-mile Central Link project last month in the Rainier Valley, southeast of Seattle. Service on the line is scheduled to begin in 2009.



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