Work continues on the future Northgate Station, where light-rail trains will pause and turn back toward downtown Seattle, when service reaches Northgate in 2021.

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At the future Northgate Station, work continues on the elevated station and new concrete guideways where light-rail trains will pause and turn back toward downtown Seattle, when service reaches Northgate in 2021.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Seattle, spoke Tuesday about her support for $1.1 billion in federal aid, to help fund a $2.9 billion Northgate-to-Lynnwood extension, approved in a 2008 local ballot measure. The Trump administration has proposed canceling proposed rail megaproject grants across the country, arguing that transit is a local matter. Since then, the Senate Appropriations Committee on July 27 voted 31-0 to continue the grants, which forwards the matter to the House.

A ride from Lynnwood to downtown would take an estimated 28 minutes and add about 70,000 daily boardings to the light-rail network by 2035. Local voters last year passed a third round of regional transit taxes, bringing their share of Sound Transit investments to $639 annually for a median-income household.