Light rail gets more federal funding

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) has secured $24 million in the 2008 fiscal-year federal budget for Sound Transit's University Link light-rail extension. The funding is part of a Congressional funding bill headed for White House approval.

The funding would apply against the $750 million Full Funding Grant Sound Transit is seeking for the University Link. This light-rail segment would be funded by the federal grant and existing local tax dollars.

This proposed funding puts Sound Transit one step closer to starting construction next year on the University Link, an entirely underground extension that will travel east in a tunnel from Capitol Hill to a station near Husky Stadium on the University of Washington campus.

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