The U.S. DOT's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently announced a total of $300 million in federal funding allocations to three rail transit projects in the states of Arizona, California, and Washington.
The funding is provided through FTA’s Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program, and the agency is allocating $100 million in appropriated FY 2019 CIG funding for each of the following projects: The South Central Light Rail Extension in Phoenix, Arizona; the Westside Subway Section 3 Project in Los Angeles, California; and the Federal Way Light Rail Project in Seattle, Washington.
With this announcement, FTA has advanced funding for 25 new CIG projects throughout the nation since January 20, 2017, totaling approximately $7.63 billion in funding commitments.
The Valley Metro South Central Light Rail Extension project in Phoenix 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 in Los Angeles is a 2.6-mile extension from the future Century City station to the Westwood/Veterans Hospital area, and includes two stations. And the Federal Way Light Rail project in Seattle 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.
The CIG Program provides funding for major transit infrastructure capital investments nationwide. Projects accepted into the program must go through a multi-year, multi-step process according to requirements in law to be eligible for consideration to receive program funds.
SOURCE: Federal Transit Administration
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