Sound Transit expects $1.2B in federal money for rail

SEATTLE (AP) — The transit authority for the Puget Sound region is expecting to receive $1.2 billion in federal funding for the light rail extension into Seattle’s northern suburbs.

The Seattle Times reports Sound Transit has secured an agreement with the Federal Transit Administration to receive the funding in installments through 2028.

The agreement is expected to be finalized next month following a 30-day congressional review period.

The project will extend Seattle’s light rail system by 8.5 miles (13.7 kilometers) to connect Lynnwood.

Officials expect 68,500 people to ride the Lynnwood Link trains daily, helping to alleviate the area’s severe highway congestion.

Construction is expected to begin early next year, and the project is slated to be completed in mid-2024.

Officials say early work contracts would likely be approved next month.