FTA awards $300MM to three transit projects

Written by Andrew Corselli, Managing Editor
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The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently announced a total of $300 million in federal funding—provided via its Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program—allocations to three transit projects in Arizona, California and Washington.

The FTA is allocating $100 million in appropriated Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 CIG funding, upon final FTA approval of a construction grant agreement, for each of the following projects: The South Central Light Rail Extension in Phoenix, Ariz.; the Westside Subway Section 3 Project in Los Angeles, Calif.; and the Federal Way Light Rail Project in Seattle, Wash.

The South Central Light Rail Extension project is a 5.5-mile light rail extension from downtown Phoenix to the South Mountain Village Core, and includes nine stations.

The Westside Subway Section 3 project is a 2.6-mile extension from the future Century City station to the Westwood/Veterans Hospital area, and includes two stations. Upon final FTA approval of a construction grant agreement, the project will receive $100 million in previously approved FY 2018 CIG funds as well as $100 million in FY 2019 CIG funds.

Federal Way Light Rail project is a 7.8-mile light rail extension from the Angle Lake station through the cities of SeaTac, Des Moines, Kent and Federal Way, and includes three stations.

On the heels of this announcement, the FTA has advanced funding for 25 new CIG projects throughout the nation since January 20, 2017, totaling approximately $7.63 billion in funding commitments.

“These federal grants to Arizona, California and Washington will improve mobility and the quality of life for those who depend on public transit every day,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

“FTA continues to evaluate and advance eligible projects in the CIG program consistent with Federal law,” said FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams. “We are pleased to allocate funding to these projects that will improve communities in Arizona, California and Washington.”

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