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US commits a further USD891m to transit projects

LA’s Purple line extension received a Full Funding Grant Agreement in March 2020 and now has an additional USD100m in FY 2020 financing. Image courtesy of LA Metro

On 29 May the US Federal Transit Administration (FTA) confirmed USD890.5m to advance 12 transit projects through its Capital Investment Grants (CIG) programmes. Divided between its New Starts and Small Starts streams, projects must go through a multi-year, multi-step process to be eligible for consideration.

New Starts grants have been made available to:

• Los Angeles, CA – Westside Purple line: An additional USD100m towards this 4.2km (2.6-mile) subway extension to Westwood/Veterans Hospital.

• Phoenix, AZ – Valley Metro South Central LRT: An additional USD100m for the 8.9km (5.5-mile) route from downtown Phoenix to South Mountain Village.

• Lake County, IN – West Lake Corridor commuter rail: USD100m towards a 12.6km (7.8-mile) southern extension of the South Shore line between Dyer and Hammond.

USD99.99m in Small Starts funding has been allocated to Tri-Met to extend the MAX Red light rail line in Portland, OR, by 12.6km (7.8 miles) from Beaverton Transit Center to Downtown Hillsboro and for  improvements to enhance capacity and reliability on the route between Portland International Airport and Beaverton.

Other Small Starts packages will support the implementation of Bus Rapid Transit projects in Indianapolis (IN), St. Petersburg (FL), Miami-Dade County (FL), Albany (NY), Ogden (UT), Vancouver (WA), Pittsburgh (PA) and Milwaukee (WI).