Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) secured funding for two local transportation projects that will make key investments in local infrastructure to reduce traffic congestion and modernize public transportation.

“In order to sustain long term economic growth we must make wise investments in our national infrastructure. This bill represents our commitment to ensuring that we continue to have the infrastructure necessary to compete in a global economy now, and into the future,” said Congressman Adam Smith. “Additionally, these projects will help modernize our local public transportation, reduce traffic and create jobs.”

The project funding was secured in the Fiscal Year 2010 House Transportation and Housing Appropriations Bill, which provides critical resources to maintain and improve our nation’s airports, highways, passenger rail and transit systems.  
 
This bill builds on the work of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and our long term economic plan to invest in job development for those hurt most by the economic downturn.  Additionally, it makes improvements for highways, public transit, and airports that will put our economy on sound footing for the future.  

Smith secured funding for the following projects:

  • $300,000 for the 70th Avenue East & Valley Avenue East Corridor Project.  This project will widen Valley Avenue East and intersectional segments of 70th Avenue East in order to reduce existing congestion and delays, reduce accident potential, and improve freight movement.
  • $500,000 Clean Fuel Buses in Pierce County. This project will fund the purchase of six clean fuel buses in order to help Pierce Transit modernize its aging fleet and continue to provide high-quality transportation services throughout the Pierce County region in a cost-saving environmentally-responsible manner.