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FTA funds five New Starts projects, FFGA for Orange County Streetcar [free access]

November 30, 2018

The United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded USD281 million in additional funding in the fiscal year 2018 through its Capital Investment Grants (CIG)/ New Starts Program to five transit projects in Arizona, California, Minnesota and Texas. The five projects selected are the Tempe Streetcar (USD25 million), LA Metro Purple Line Section 3 (USD100 million), San Diego Mid-Coast Corridor Light Rail (USD80 million), Minneapolis Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit (USD74.08 million) and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Red and Blue Line Platform Extensions (USD2 million).


In addition, the FTA has announced a USD149-million Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) under CIG for the Orange County Streetcar (OC Streetcar) project. The streetcar line will span 6.6 km (4.1 miles) in downtown Santa Ana. The total cost of the project is USD408 million and its opening is scheduled in 2021.