Sound Transit has been awarded $24 million in federal funds for I-90 transit lanes and Tacoma train tracks, according to a Friday announcement from U.S. Sen. Patty Murray’s office.
The funds come from the TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) stimulus program.
The I-90 project will add bus-carpool lanes in both directions between Mercer Island and Seattle by September 2016 — a precondition for Sound Transit to close the center express lanes to build Eastside light rail. New federal aid of $14 million will help fund the $229 million project.
In Tacoma, the remaining $10 million will help replace a wooden trestle as part of a $68 million retrofit near downtown. Amtrak and Sounder trains will gain reliability by having two tracks instead of a single track, transit managers say.