The Bridging the Gap (BTG) Transportation levy was passed by Seattle voters in 2006. BTG committed not only to construct city-funded transportation projects, but also to leverage other funds and support a variety of partnership opportunities. In the past eight years, the average annual amount of grants awarded to SDOT has increased more than 50%.
As BTG approaches the end of its nine-year lifespan, approximately $340 million in BTG funds have been spent, and these expenditures have been matched with $227 million in grants. This is well above the commitment that BTG initially made to Seattle voters, to leverage at least 20% in grant funding. In addition to providing the required local match for many grants, BTG has helped SDOT to design the well-planned and clearly-scoped projects that are attractive for granting agencies.