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FTA Announces CIG Funding for Five Projects

On Nov. 28, FTA announced that projects in Arizona, California, Minnesota and Texas will receive a total of $281 million in federal FY 2018 Capital Investment Grant (CIG) funding.

The grants are:

* $100 million for Los Angeles Metro’s Westside Purple Line Section 3 Project, a 2.6-mile heavy rail extension that includes two stations and 16 vehicles. The total project cost is $3.7 billion, with $1.3 billion requested through the CIG program;

* $80 million for the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System’s Mid-Coast Corridor Light Rail, a 10.92-mile light rail extension from downtown San Diego to the growing University City area. The $80 million is part of a $1.04 billion FTA grant agreement for the $2.17 billion project;

* $74 million for Metro Transit’s Minneapolis Orange Line, a 17-mile BRT line connecting job centers along Interstate 35. The total project cost is $150.7 million, with $74 million requested through the CIG program;

* $25 million for Valley Metro’s Tempe Streetcar, a three-mile modern streetcar with 14 stations and six vehicles that will connect downtown Tempe and Arizona State University and will link to existing light rail serving Phoenix, Mesa and the airport. The total project cost is $201.9 million; the $25 million completes the $75 million in funding requested through the CIG ­program; and

* $2 million for Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s Red and Blue Line Platform Extensions Project to extend and modify platforms along the existing Red and Blue Lines to accommodate three-car trains with level boarding. The total project cost is $128.7 million and the $2 million will complete the CIG funding request for $60.76 million.

“APTA applauds DOT Secretary Elaine L. Chao and FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams for announcing these grants to improve and expand public transportation services that are so crucial to the daily lives of millions of people across America,” said APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas following the announcement. “We look forward to working with DOT and FTA to continue to secure much-needed investment in our nation’s public transit infrastructure.”

To date, FTA has allocated $1.86 billion of the $2.62 billion in FY 2018 CIG funds appropriated for projects by Congress. FTA will continue to consider additional FY 2018 CIG allocations, based on the merits of individual projects.
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