Cantwell Announces More Than $11 Million for Critical Upgrades to Intercity Transit Maintenance Facility

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, announced that Intercity Transit will receive $11,345,700 from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for critical building upgrades to increase capacity at its maintenance facility, as well as to replace failing equipment and systems.

“The current maintenance facility began service in 1985 and was designed for 80 vehicles. Today the facility supports 400 vehicles,” Senator Cantwell wrote in a letter of support to Acting FTA Administrator K. Jane Williams in May. “The expansion and modernization of this critical base of operations will enable Intercity Transit to meet the growing demand for transit services while maintaining its commitment to responsible asset management. The Maintenance Facility Renovation, Expansion & Modernization Project will improve transportation choices, system safety and efficiency, and expanded economic opportunities in Thurston County.

The funding for Intercity Transit comes from the FTA’s Bus and Bus Facilities Grant Program, which assists in the financing of buses and bus facilities capital projects. It supports the replacing, rehabilitating, purchasing, or leasing of buses or related equipment and the rehabilitating, purchasing, constructing, or leasing of bus-related facilities.