Sound Transit Receives $100 Million Grant for Light Rail Extension

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has approved a $100 million grant for Seattle’s Sound Transit to extend Link light rail to Federal Way. Sound Transit plans to break ground on the Federal Way Link Extension in early 2020, with demolition and utility relocation work scheduled to begin this fall.

“Our historic work to construct a 116-mile light rail system connecting our entire region depends on our strong federal partnership that continues with this good news,” said Redmond Mayor and Sound Transit Board Chair John Marchione, Sound Transit board chair. “Together we will transform people’s commutes and move toward a more sustainable and prosperous future.”

"This $100 million allocation for extending light rail to Federal Way represents a significant milestone in the path to securing the $790 million Full Funding Grant Agreement for the project this calendar year,” remarked Peter Rogoff, Sound Transit CEO. “I want to thank Secretary Chao and Acting Administrator Williams for their continued support of expanding transit options here in the Puget Sound. A robust federal partnership on funding this critical project will grant thousands more commuters the ability to escape ever-worsening gridlock.”

The funding is planned to go toward the $790 million full funding grant agreement (FFGA) that Sound Transit is seeking through the FTA’s Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program. Execution of the FFGA is required before Sound Transit can access the $100 million and begin to be reimbursed for the costs of the project.

The 7.8-mile light rail extension from Angle Lake in SeaTac to Federal Way includes new stations in Kent/Des Moines, at South 272nd Street and at the Federal Way Transit Center.