Portal Bridge, South Shore among recipients of FTA capital grants

Kansas City streetcar, Phoenix light rail projects also among projects receiving grants totalling $400 million
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A South Shore train enters the street-running portion of its route through Michigan City, Ind., on June 18, 2020. The South Shore's project to double-track its line between Gary and Michigan City is one of the recipients of Federal Transit Administration funding announced Wednesday.
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Four projects — including New Jersey’s Portal Bridge — will receive $400 million in Federal Transit Administration funding, the agency has announced. The FTA participation in the Portal Bridge project, to address a long-running Northeast Corridor trouble spot for Amtrak and NJ Transit, had previously been announced [see “Portal Bridge project advances to engineering phase, gets federal funding,” News Wire Digest, June 22, 2020]. Wednesday’s announcement details that $248 million in funding will come from fiscal 2018 and 2019 funds under the FTA’s New Starts Capital Investment Grants program.

Newly announced and receiving 2020 Capital Investment Grants funds will be:

— $50.8 million for expansion of Kansas City’s streetcar. The money will help fund a 3.6-mile, 16-stop extension of the existing 2-mile KC Streetcar from Kansas City Union Station to the campus of the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

— $50.6 million for the South Shore Line’s Double Track Northwest Indiana Project, which will add a second track for 26.6 miles of the Northern Indiana Commuter Transit District rail line between Gary and Michigan City, Ind.

— $50.6 million for Phoenix Valley Metro’s Northwest Extension Phase II, which will add 1.5 miles of light rail from the current end of track in northwest Phoenix to the Metrocenter Mall.

“These critical rail transit infrastructure projects will help communities improve transit service as they continue to address the impacts of COVID-19 and recover from this public health emergency,” FTA Deputy Administrator K. Jane Williams said in a press release.

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