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Thursday, January 15, 2009
Feds Give Seattle Light Rail Line $813 Million
Add Sound Transit's University Link, a three-mile underground light rail line running from downtown Seattle to the University of Washington campus, to the list of federally funded transit projects. Federal officials today signed a funding agreement that commits $813 million to the project, about 40 pecent of the project's total cost of $1.9 billion. Plans call for construction to be completed by 2017, with the line handling 40,000 daily riders by 2030. Another Sound Transit light line, running to Tukwila, is to open this summer, and an extension to the Sea-Tac International Airport is scheduled for completion by year's end.