The annual announcement of rail transit grants from the US Federal Transit Administration on 28 November was low-key this year, with just four LRT projects receiving funding:
• The USD201.9m Tempe Streetcar, a 4.8km (three-mile) line connecting the city centre and Arizona State University, will get USD25m as the first tranche of a USD75m grant. The line should open in 2021.
• The USD3.7bn Los Angeles Westside Purple line section 3, a 4km (2.5-mile) metro extension from Century City to Westwood, will get USD100m towards two stations and 16 new trains. Opening is set for 2026.
• The USD2.17bn San Diego Mid-Coast Corridor light rail project, a 17.6km (10.9-mile) extension to the University City area, is due to receive USD80m in the coming year.
• The USD128.7m Dallas Area Rapid Transit Red and Blue lines platform extensions will receive USD2m from the FTA.
There was also a USD74.1m grant for the Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit project, to be built along Interstate 35.