WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) today issued the following statement after U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration is awarding $275.3 million of American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds to Sound Transit, which serves riders in the Central Puget Sound in Washington.
“Public transportation plays a crucial role in American life, and Washingtonians across King County and the Puget Sound rely on our local transit system to be safe and reliable. As our communities continue to rebound from the pandemic, it is more important than ever that people can get where they need to go. The funding provided by President Biden’s American Rescue Plan will protect employees from potential layoffs and help Sound Transit continue to expand its services. This funding could not come at a more important time as the region works to aggressively expand public transit and decarbonize the transportation sector – and this is only the beginning. The President’s bipartisan infrastructure bill and the Build Back Better Act that we are advancing through Congress will provide even more investments in our public transit systems and a cleaner transportation future. I was proud to vote for the American Rescue Plan and to see the real impacts this law will have in the 9th District.”