FTA awards 100 million each to rail transit projects in three states

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration has awarded $300 million in federal funding allocations to three rail transit projects in Arizona, California, and Washington. Funding is provided through FTA’s Capital Investment Grants Program.

FTA is allocating $100 million in appropriated Fiscal Year 2019 funding for each of the following projects: The South Central Light Rail Extension in Phoenix, the Westside Subway Section 3 Project in Los Angeles, and the Federal Way Light Rail Project in Seattle.

"These federal grants to Arizona, California and Washington will improve mobility and the quality of life for those who depend on public transit every day," says U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

With this announcement, FTA has advanced funding for 25 such projects throughout the nation under this administration since Jan. 20, 2017, totaling about $7.63 billion.

"FTA continues to evaluate and advance eligible projects in the CIG program consistent with Federal law," says Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams. "We are pleased to allocate funding to these projects that will improve communities in Arizona, California, and Washington."

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.

The Valley Metro South Central Light Rail Extension will connect to the light rail system in downtown Phoenix and travel south to Baseline Road. With nine new stations and art elements, the 5.5-mile expansion links South Phoenix to other areas of the Valley. The project includes a transit hub in downtown Phoenix, which supports improved access to education, entertainment and employment centers around the Valley. Valley Metro is collaborating with 18 artists to design art installations throughout the extension. Construction activities begin in 2019.

The Los Angeles Westside Subway Section 3 Project, also known as the Purple Line Extension, is a 2.6-mile extension from the future Century City station to the Westwood/Veterans Hospital area, and includes two stations. Section Three has already begun some construction activities, which includes utility relocation work and preconstruction activities. Both the second and third project sections are being built by Tutor Perini O&G, a Joint Venture. The entire 9-mile line is on track to open by 2027, in time for the 2028 L.A. Olympic and Paralympic Games in Los Angeles.

“The Purple Line Extension will be a game changer for L.A. County, bringing fast, frequent subway service to connect our region’s two biggest population centers,” says Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington.

In Seattle, the Federal Way Light Rail Project 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 in Kent/Des Moines, at South 272nd Street and at the Federal Way Transit Center. Demolition and utility relocation work is scheduled to begin this fall, with major construction activities beginning in 2020.

“This $100 million allocation for extending light rail to Federal Way represents a significant milestone in the path to securing the $790 million Full Funding Grant Agreement for the project this calendar year. I want to thank Secretary Chao and Acting Administrator Williams for their continued support of expanding transit options here in the Puget Sound,” says Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff. “A robust federal partnership on funding this critical project will grant thousands more commuters the ability to escape ever-worsening gridlock.”

All three awards are subject to final FTA approval of a construction grant agreement.

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