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And from the big, bad federal government no less! Mayor Mike McGinn will announce this morning that thanks to a total of $1.75 million in federal dollars—from two sources, the Federal Transit Administration and the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program—the city is moving ahead on planning and design activities that should ultimately grow the streetcar line from the International District to Capitol by a half mile.

The project would extend the line into Broadway’s retail core and better support its residents by moving the terminus from Denny Way to Roy Street or beyond...

The City also intends to extend the cycle track included in the current First Hill Streetcar project along with enhanced sidewalks, landscaping, wayfinding and signal/operational improvements.

The total cost of this design and planning phase will be about $3 million, meaning the remaining $1.25 million will be paid by the city. More after this morning's press conference, but obviously, as McGinn says, “This is good news for expanding transit in Seattle."