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FTA allocates USD281m transit grants

The third phase of Los Angeles’ Purple line will take the metro to Westwood in 2026. Image courtesy of Metro

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.