It's now official.
The U.S. Department of Transportation TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grants have been announced and the Seattle Department of Transportation did not get $15 million for a bike/ped bridge at the future Northgate light rail stop.
Neighborhood activists in the newly transit-minded northend who argued that 92 percent of the future 15,000 light rail rides per day at the station would not be using the planned park and ride, were pushing the project to connect the surrounding community (including North Seattle College) to the stop by bridging I-5.
They have until July 2015 to come up with the money for the $36 million dollar project which had $5 million in matching SDOT money (now gone) and $5 million from Sound Transit itself (now, no longer legally wedded to the bridge.)
Another bike/ped friendly project that's not on the list: a U.W. request for TIGER funding to help untangle bike and ped traffic by Husky stadium and the Burke-Gilman Trail.
Two Washington projects are on the TIGER list.
A $1.1 million grant for the Makah tribe in the Northwest corner of the Olympic peninsula to help build oil spill prevention infrastructure and a $20 million grant (out of a $66 million project) at the Port of Seattle for port infrastructure upgrades, including port loading capacity and terminal runoff prevention.