Larsen Secures Over $1 Million for Skagit and Snohomish Counties in House Funding Bill</A

Jul 25, 2007


Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Rick Larsen (WA-02) announced today that he has secured over $1 million for projects in Skagit and Snohomish counties in a House funding bill. The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2008 passed the House late last night by a vote of 268-153. The House and Senate must agree on a final version of the bill before the President can sign it into law.

The House bill includes the following funding for Northwest Washington:

$150,000 for Everett Senior Activity Center
The Senior Activity Center in Everett, Washington provides opportunities for continued learning, social interaction, meals, and medical services for people over 55 years of age. In recent years, the Everett Senior Activity Center has become more popular and currently serves an average of 5,100 seniors a month. This funding would be used to build an elevator to make the facility more accessible and to expand the multipurpose room to accommodate more seniors.

$150,000 for Five Replacement Buses for Skagit Transit
Dramatic growth in Skagit County has outpaced Skagit Transit’s ability to purchase updated vehicles and keep up with standard maintenance. Skagit Transit’s current fleet includes a number of over-utilized older buses traveling over rough roadways resulting in excessive wear and tear.  The maintenance and repair needs have placed significant strain on Skagit Transit and buses are becoming unreliable. This funding will help purchase five replacement buses for Skagit Transit.

$750,000 for Mukilteo Multimodal Terminal Redevelopment
The Mukilteo Multimodal Terminal Redevelopment will help reduce congestion through Mukilteo, Washington and on State Route 525. The project includes a new passenger terminal building with overhead loading, pedestrian and bicycle holding areas, two ferry slips to allow for the expansion of a three-boat schedule, commuter rail pedestrian connections, a bus platform for local and express buses, a park and ride lot and an expanded vehicle holding area for 260-300 vehicles. Redevelopment will increase seamless links to bus, rail and non-motorized modes of transportation and will help reduce congestion and improve local air quality.