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Jayapal Helps Secure $3 Million Grant for University of Washington PacTrans Program

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) announced today that she helped secure $3 million in federal funding for the Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium (PacTrans), a regional transportation research center led by the University of Washington (UW) in collaboration with Northwest Indian College, Washington State University, and others. The new grant will help PacTrans deepen their research and workforce development efforts in support of transportation around mountainous roadways and protected waterways. 

“I’m thrilled that UW, Northwest Indian College and Washington State University will continue to lead the way in developing the next generation of transportation technology and development. This new federal funding not only means we will continue to drive innovation in our district, we will also create new, good-paying jobs and expand technical education and workforce development,” said Rep. Jayapal. “Our Seattle-based research center has already benefited communities here in Washington and across the country, and now with this new funding I know that we will continue to lead the way in advancing equitable, reliable, and resilient transportation.”  

The new $3 million in federal funding for PacTrans will allow UW to continue leading the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Region 10 University Transportation Center. The UW’s state-of-the-art facilities and existing partnerships with local transportation agencies and businesses will help drive more research collaboration and training courses for workers and K-12 students throughout the state. 

Rep. Jayapal joined fellow members of the Washington congressional delegation in supporting PacTrans’ grant application with the U.S. DOT. 

Last year, Rep. Jayapal also helped deliver a historic $1.2 trillion investment in our country’s infrastructure that includes more than $8.5 billion for Washington state. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes critical federal investments in Washington’s roads, bridges, highways, waterways, culverts, public transportation systems, clean energy infrastructure, and broadband while also creating millions of good-paying, union jobs. This legislation is the largest federal investment in public transit in American history and the largest dedicated bridge investment since the creation of the interstate highway. 

Today’s grant announcement also follows news that Rep. Jayapal had helped to secure more than $11.2 million in federal funding last year to quickly and safely repair and re-open the West Seattle Bridge.