The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced a total of $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 (CIG) Program.
FTA is allocating $100 million in appropriated Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 CIG funding for each of the following projects: The South Central Light Rail Extension in Phoenix, Ariz.; the Westside Subway Section 3 Project in Los Angeles, Calif.; and the Federal Way Light Rail Project in Seattle, Wash.
"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," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
With this announcement, FTA has advanced funding for 25 new CIG projects throughout the nation under this administration since Jan. 20, 2017, totaling approximately $7.63 billion in funding commitments.
"FTA continues to evaluate and advance eligible projects in the CIG program consistent with Federal law," said FTA 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.
Phoenix, Ariz.: Valley Metro South Central Light Rail Extension
This project is a 5.5-mi. light rail extension from downtown Phoenix to the South Mountain Village Core, and includes nine stations. Upon final FTA approval of a construction grant agreement, the project will receive $100 million in FY 2019 CIG funds.
Los Angeles, Calif.: Westside Subway Section 3 Project
This project is a 2.6-mi. extension from the future Century City station to the Westwood/Veterans Hospital area, and includes two stations. Upon final FTA approval of a construction grant agreement, the project will receive $100 million in previously approved FY 2018 CIG funds as well as $100 million in FY 2019 CIG funds.
Seattle, Wash.: Federal Way Light Rail Project
This project is a 7.8-mi. light rail extension from the Angle Lake station through the cities of SeaTac, Des Moines, Kent and Federal Way, and includes three stations. Upon final FTA approval of a construction grant agreement, the project will receive $100 million in FY 2019 CIG funds.