Thursday, March 26, 2009

Seattle gets $35 million for Amtrak facilities

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Sen. Patty Murray (D.-Wash.)  announced Wednesday that $35 million in stimulus funding will be used to construct two new buildings at Amtrak's Seattle King Street Maintenance Yard.

One building will be a 75,000 square-foot  service and inspection facility. It will include a wheel truing machine, 200 feet of inspection track, and areas for storage and employee welfare. A second, 6,9000-square-foot building will contain material control and  employee welfare facilities.

As chairman of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Murray played a key role in passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2008.