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Office of Governor Gary Locke
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - February 4, 2002
Contact:  Governor's Communications Office, 360-902-4136

Locke celebrates opening of Everett Station, calls for action on a statewide transportation plan

EVERETT – Gov. Gary Locke today celebrated the grand opening of Everett Station, a model multi-modal transportation hub, and cited it as another example of how a transportation project should be done – “on time and on budget.”

Federal, state and local officials including U.S. Congressman Rick Larsen (D-2), Employment Security Commissioner Sylvia Mundy, Snohomish County Executive Bob Drewel, King County Executive Ron Sims and Everett Mayor Ed Hansen joined Locke at the celebration.

“I was honored to attend the Everett Station groundbreaking in July of 2000, and I’m delighted to return and witness the fruition of your efforts -- an extraordinary facility for our new century,” Locke said.

“Everett Station is a focal point for multi-modal transportation and it testifies to the value and power of regional partnerships,” the governor noted. “It reflects the great work and leadership of Everett Transit, Community Transit and Sound Transit.”

While the project was funded through federal, state, local and private sources, Locke noted that the design phase of the project was funded by two grants totaling $4 million from the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board.

The governor also took the opportunity to press for passage of a statewide transportation plan and thanked local leaders for their help to date.

Locke stated that with all the debate about how to address our transportation problems, “Everett Station is a striking example of how work should be done -- on time and on budget, and working in partnership with federal, state and local governments along with our various transit agencies.”

Everett Station will provide city, county and regional transit service as well as regional and intercity passenger rail service. In addition to being a model multi-modal transportation hub, Everett Station will house classes, including graduate courses, for a consortium of public universities including the University of Washington, Western Washington University and Central Washington University.
Related Links:
- Everett Station
- Employment Security
- King County
- City of Everett
- Community Transit
- University of Washington
- Central Washington University
- Washington State Transportation Improvement Board
- Snohomish County
- U.S. Congressman Rick Larsen
- Everett Transit
- Sound Transit
- Western Washington University

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