Projects in the running for regional FHWA funding

Transportation Policy Board to make funding recommendation on July 12

Bus rapid transit from Lynnwood to Bellevue and improvements to South Sounder between Lakewood and Seattle are among the 13 projects recommended to receive funding through PSRC’s regional Federal Highway Administration competition.

Projects Recommended for FHWA Regional Competition

A total of 31 projects applied for the $52 million available.

The regional competition for FHWA funding is just one part of PSRC's 2018 Project Selection process that is awarding about $533 million in federal transportation funds. Other competitions distribute the countywide share of FHWA funding and Federal Transit Administration funds.

PSRC is responsible for project selection for federal funds flowing to the region using a merit-based process.. The details and procedures are established in the 2018 Policy Framework for PSRC’s Federal Funds.

The FHWA funds come from two programs:  the Surface Transportation Program (STP) and the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program.

STP funds are the most flexible of PSRC’s federal funds and can be used for a variety of transportation projects and programs, including roadways, bridges, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, transit and other investments.

CMAQ funds are available for specific categories of transportation projects and programs that provide air quality benefits by reducing emissions and congestion. General purpose roadway projects are not eligible.

The Regional Project Evaluation Committee was tasked with reviewing the project applications and making a recommendation to the Transportation Policy Board. On July 12, the Transportation Policy Board will make a final funding recommendation to the Executive Board.

The Transportation Policy Board will meet on Thursday, July 12, 9:30-11:30 a.m., at PSRC. Find the full agenda here or watch the meeting video.