Key Tacoma, Pierce County transportation projects awarded regional grants

More than three-dozen transportation projects in Tacoma and Pierce County will receive millions of dollars in grant funding, Puget Sound Regional Council officials announced Thursday.

The funding is part of the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Regional 2015-2018 Transportation Improvement Program, which contains more than 250 projects in King County, Kitsap County, Pierce County, and Snohomish County worth approximately $4.8 billion. The Transportation Improvement Program administers grants using federal, state, and local funds, including nearly $700 million in recent federal grants.

“Through our competitive project selection process, we are making the most of the federal transportation dollars available to the region,” said Puget Sound Regional Council President Pat McCarthy, who also serves as Pierce County Executive. “Keeping our transportation system moving efficiently is key to supporting the region’s economy and sustaining quality of life as we grow.”

Key projects in Tacoma and Pierce County include approximately $1.8 million for the Historic Water Ditch Trail, approximately $1.1 million for the Schuster Parkway Promenade, approximately $9.1 million for the Tacoma Trestle Track & Signal Project, approximately $7.9 million for the Tacoma Link Expansion Project, $850,000 for pedestrian street improvements in the Hilltop and South Downtown neighborhoods, and approximately $564,000 for Pierce Transit Vanpools.

A complete list of projects and funding is available online at A project map that includes more information about each project is available online here.


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