Project Connect’s new 15-mile light rail Blue Line will run from Austin’s North Lamar neighborhood and U.S. 183 through downtown and on to the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

Austin’s Project Connect Receives TOD Grant

The $7.1 billion Project Connect bus and rail transit improvement initiative is moving forward in Austin, Tex. Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Capital Metro) has been awarded a $900,000 grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for transit-oriented development (TOD) planning and anti-displacement efforts.

FTA Taking More Administrative Relief Actions

Due to the pandemic, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is extending access to emergency relief funding for operations as well as the time required to meet certain regulatory and administrative requirements.

The new 3.48-route-mile extension will run south from the existing terminus at Union Station to the University of Missouri – Kansas City. It will include 15 new stop platforms at nine stations, eight of which will be new. The rendering shows Plaza Station.

KC Streetcar Extension: $174MM FFGA

Kansas City (Missouri) Street Car’s $351 million Main Street Extension Project is taking a major step forward.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit, along with agencies in Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Utah, will deploy technologies that “assess, detect, monitor and track deficiencies related to infrastructure” and evaluate the technologies’ “cost-effectiveness and practicality,” according to FTA.

FTA Awards $1.37MM for Asset Management Projects

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is distributing $1.37 million in grants among six transit agencies for projects that demonstrate and evaluate innovative technologies to maintain a state of good repair.

For House Rail Subcommittee, an Earful on Multiple Matters

“Examining the Surface Transportation Board’s Role in Ensuring a Robust Passenger Rail System” was the topic of a virtual Nov. 18 hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials.

As project consultant for Trinity Metro, AECOM will prepare preliminary engineering plans and environmental documentation to continue TEXRail commuter service south to one new station.

Trinity Metro Eyes 2.1-Mile TEXRail Extension

Trinity Metro (Texas) has selected AECOM to conduct environmental assessment and preliminary engineering for a 2.1-mile TEXRail extension project. Commuter rail service would continue south from the Fort Worth T&P Station to a proposed new station in the Fort Worth Medical District (south of Mistletoe Boulevard, near Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center).

A 7.8-mile extension of the South Shore Line commuter rail service is slated to open in spring 2025, "if not sooner,” NICTD President Mike Noland said.

NICTD Launches West Lake Corridor Project

Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) held a virtual groundbreaking ceremony for its West Lake Corridor Project, extending the South Shore Line commuter rail service 7.8 miles from Hammond (on the north) to Dyer (on the south).

FTA: Zero COVID Research $$ for “Anarchist Jurisdictions”

Will the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) restrict the eligibility of, or disfavor applications for, COVID-19 research demonstration grants if applicants are located in New York City; Portland, Ore.; or Seattle?

FTA: 25 HOPE Projects to Share $8.5MM

The Federal Transit Administration is awarding 25 projects in 17 states a share of approximately $8.5 million in funding through the Helping Obtain Prosperity for Everyone (HOPE) program.

“The goal of this [new Public Transportation COVID-19 Research Demonstration Grant] program is to give transit agencies additional resources to address COVID-19-related concerns and share innovative measures to strengthen public confidence in public transportation,” FTA Deputy Administrator K. Jane Williams said.

FTA: $10M Available to Tackle COVID-Related Operational Challenges

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced the availability of $10 million through the new Public Transportation COVID-19 Research Demonstration Grant Program. The move follows transit agency requests that FTA support research addressing COVID-19-related operational challenges.