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December 14, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Federal stimulus grant allows light rail to extend south of the airport by 2016

A $10 million federal grant will speed up a light-rail extension south of Sea-Tac Airport to South 200th Street, allowing it to open in September 2016, four years earlier than planned.

The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded Sound Transit the TIGER grant so that it can open at the same time as a light-rail extension to the north to University of Washington.

The money is part of the stimulus funding intended to help local economies by funding “shovel-ready” public projects.

“This is great news for local commuters, communities and the economy throughout Seattle,” Sen. Patty Murray said in a statement. “I was proud to create the TIGER program to fund investments like this one for Sound Transit that put people to work, boost the local economy, and lay down a strong foundation for long-term economic growth.”

The project includes an elevated guideway and station with covered passenger platforms, secured bicycle storage, street improvements, landscaping and public art.

The extension was delayed in 2010 because of the economy, but Sound Transit sped it up again earlier this year in the hopes of finishing in 2016.

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