Kitsap Co.

$90 million in federal infrastructure funding headed to WA, including Kitsap Transit

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Washington state is receiving nearly $90 million in federal infrastructure funding, from the Biden Administration. The funds were distributed by the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity, or RAISE program and will boost eight projects in Washington.

One recipient is the Kitsap County Public Transportation Authority, which is using the grant money to upgrade its transportation hub and clean up its bus fleet.

John Clauso, executive director of Kitsap Transit, said they’re constructing a full-service maintenance facility, and not only to work on their diesel buses.

“Also, we’re in the transition phase of converting all of our buses to battery electric buses, as well as we’re exploring and wanting to move into the hydrogen fuel cell technology,” he said.

The project is receiving $17 million from the RAISE program. It will help Kitsap Transit in its goals of a fully electrified fleet by 2050.

Clauson said the grant is also helping with the purchase of electric double decker buses, which are needed for the increasing demand Kitsap Transit is seeing. He said the funds from the RAISE program are critically important to moving this project forward.

“The facility that we’ve put in for fueling and the bus-washing – that is all designed for a double deck coach that we have no where to maintain one. So, we’ve held off on the acquisition of double deck buses simply because we don’t have a facility that we could maintain those buses in,” he said.

The RAISE program is distributing funds from the infrastructure law passed in 2021. The eight Washington state projects were part of a larger announcement from the U.S. Transportation Department about its distribution of $1.8 billion in funds to nearly 150 projects across the country.

Featured photo: Kitsap Transit’s new maintenance facility will mean buses will travel shorter distances for tune-ups. (Bluedisk/Wikimedia Commons)

Eric Tegethoff

Eric Tegethoff is a journalist covering the Northwest. Eric has worked as a reporter for KBOO, XRAY FM, and Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland, Oregon, as well as other print and digital news media. In 2012, Eric traveled to North Dakota to write about the Bakken region oil boom. He's also worked at a movie theater, as a campaign canvasser and quality assurance at a milk packaging factory. Eric is originally from Orlando, Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida in 2010.

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