Washington Cities Could Benefit from More Federal Transportation Funding Under Larsen Bill

Feb 7, 2017 Issues: Transportation

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Many cities in the Pacific Northwest including Anacortes, Arlington, Bothell, Edmonds, Ferndale, Lake Stevens, Lynnwood, Lynden, Mill Creek, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, Mount Vernon, Mukilteo, and Sedro-Woolley could benefit from more federal transportation funding under legislation introduced by Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02), and co-sponsored by Reps. DelBene (WA-01), Kilmer (WA-06), Ryan (OH-13) and Brownley (CA-26).

Larsen’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery for Cities Underfunded Because of Size (TIGER CUBS) Act of 2017 would set-aside 20 percent of the funds for smaller and medium-sized cities made available through the popular Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program.

“Small and mid-size cities play a critical role in powering Washington’s economy, but you would not know it based on how federal transportation funding is allocated,” said Larsen, a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. “TIGER CUBS will help these cities earn their stripes as competitors for federal transportation dollars while repairing Washington’s roads, bridges and highways and creating good-paying jobs.”

Large cities and statewide projects receive the lion’s share of TIGER funding, with roughly a quarter of funds set aside for rural communities. By reserving 20 percent of TIGER funds for cities with populations between 10,000 and 50,000 people, Larsen’s legislation would give Washington’s small and mid-size cities a better shot at securing TIGER resources.

The reintroduction of TIGER CUBS, which Larsen first introduced in 2013, comes as President Trump has pledged to work with the 115th Congress on a large scale transportation and infrastructure plan to revitalize the U.S.’ roads, bridges and airports.

The TIGER program has boosted key projects in Washington’s 2nd District. In July of 2016, Larsen announced that the Port of Everett was awarded a $10,000,000 competitive grant through the TIGER program to help complete the South Terminal Modernization Project. And in 2015, the Mukilteo Multimodal Ferry Terminal project received $10 million through the TIGER program after Larsen wrote a letter of support.

The following cities in Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom and Island counties would be eligible for the TIGER CUBS set-aside.

 

Island County

  • Oak Harbor

Skagit 

  • Anacortes
  • Mount Vernon
  • Sedro-Woolley

Snohomish County

  • Arlington
  • Bothell
  • Edmonds
  • Lake Stevens
  • Lynnwood
  • Mill Creek
  • Monroe
  • Mountlake Terrace
  • Mukilteo

Whatcom County

  • Ferndale
  • Lynden

To learn more about the TIGER program, visit www.dot.gov/tiger.

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