Trump tweets announce funding for rail projects in Arizona, Indiana, Oregon

Light rail in Portland and Phoenix, South Shore Line extension among 10 transit projects to receive funding
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The South Shore Line's West Lake Corridor was among three rail projects, and 10 overall, to learn of funding on Thursday night in a series of Twitter posts from President Donald Trump.
TRAINS: David Lassen

WASHINGTON — Rail projects in Arizona, Indiana, and Oregon are among 10 transit programs informed of new federal funding in a series of Twitter messages Thursday night by President Donald Trump. The rail projects include;

$100 million for Phoenix’s Valley Metro, for its 5.5-mile South Central Avenue extension of its light rail system. It is the second $100 million infusion of federal funds for the project, which the Arizona Republic says will cost an estimated $1.3 billion and is set to open in 2024.

$100 million to the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District for the South Shore Line’s West Lake Corridor project, which will build an 8-mile spur from Hammond to Dyer, Ind. South Shore President Michael Noland told the Times of Northwest Indiana, “We’ve been very confident about the progress of the West Lake project, but to get recognition from the [Federal Transportation Adminstration] and the White House — that’s incredibly strong support.

$99.99 million to Portland’s Tri-Met to extend the light rail Red Line from Beaverton to Hillsboro. The extension would serve 10 stations already served by the light rail Blue Line, addressing crowding on Blue Line trains during peak periods.

Also cited in the series of tweets were bus projects in Milwaukee; Pittsburgh; Albany, N.Y.; Ogden, Utah; St. Petersburg, Fla.; Miami-Dade, Fla.; and Indianapolis and Lawrence, Ind.
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