RapidRide J Line Receives $64 Million Small Starts Grant


Seattle, WA – On Friday, January 26, 2024, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) presented a $64.2 million Small Starts Grant to the City of Seattle and King County Metro for the RapidRide J Line project. Federal Transit Administrator Nuria Fernandez presented the award to Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell, Seattle Department of Transportation Director Greg Spotts, King County Executive Dow Constantine, and King County Metro General Manager Michelle Allison.

A group of people stand in front of a bus holding a large cardboard check.

The RapidRide J Line is a five-mile transit corridor that will provide Metro’s highest level of service, connecting Downtown Seattle with the neighborhoods of Belltown, South Lake Union, Eastlake, and the University District. The project includes enhanced bus speed, access, reliability, station amenities, protected bike lanes, a new water main, and roadway paving. Final design of the project is currently underway with construction expected to begin later in 2024.

The Small Starts Grant is part of the FTA Capital Investment Grants program, which funds transit capital investments, including heavy rail, commuter rail, light rail, streetcars, and bus rapid transit. The Small Starts Grant is a key funding component of the RapidRide J Line project with an estimated total project cost of $128 million.

“Parametrix is proud to have successfully supported the City of Seattle Department of Transportation through the Capital Investments Grants Program and Small Starts Grant Agreement process,” said Darby Watson, Greater Washington Senior Vice President at Parametrix.

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