State seeks federal funds for transportation planning, including S. Snohomish County light rail stations
South Snohomish County residents could see mobility improvements if the federal government provides funding for a Washington State Department of Transportation planning proposal for Seattle to Lynnwood multimodal redevelopment.
The proposed planning study — one of three planning applications submitted for federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant funds, is aimed at integrating three elements: transit-oriented development; accessibility enhancements for transit, cyclists and pedestrians; and environmental enhancements for future light rail stations at three I-5 interchanges — 145th St., Mountlake Terrace Park and Ride, and Lynnwood.
“Plans produced from this study will guide future public and private development to improve multimodal connections between where people live, work and go to school; and provide better access for people with special transportation needs and economically disadvantaged populations,” according to a WSDOT news release. WSDOT is seeking $720,000 to fund this planning effort.
WSDOT is also seeking $12.1 million in TIGER grant money for the Mukilteo Multimodal Ferry Terminal, aimed at replacing the aging and seismically vulnerable Mukilteo Ferry Terminal with a new facility that improves efficiency, safety and multimodal connections. The new Mukilteo Multimodal Ferry Terminal will feature separated loading for pedestrians, dedicated loading for bicycles and carpools, a bus transit center with multiple bays, and improved connections to the adjacent commuter rail station.
Awards are expected to be announced this fall.