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FTA signs federal grant agreements for four rail projects, US [free access]

January 11, 2021

The US Department of Transportation’s (DOT’s) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has signed federal grant agreements for the South Central Light Rail Extension/Downtown Hub Project, the Double Track Northwest Indiana Project, the Kansas City Streetcar Main Street Extension Project, and the Portal North Bridge Project. For these projects, FTA will provide over USD1.6 billion under the Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program.

 

For the South Central Light Rail Extension/Downtown Hub Project, FTA will invest USD529.80 million. The project involves development of an 8.85-km (5.5-mile)-long extension of the regional light rail system in Phoenix, Arizona. The project is being executed by Valley Metro at an estimated investment of USD1.35 billion. Construction is underway. Passenger services are expected to commence in 2024.

 

For the Double Track Northwest Indiana Project, FTA will invest USD173 million. The project involves development of a 42.80-km (26.6-mile)-long second track on the South Shore commuter rail line connecting Gary and Michigan City in Indiana. The project is expected to increase the frequency of services and to improve connectivity to downtown Chicago and the surrounding areas. The project is being executed by the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District and involves an investment of USD491 million. Passenger services are expected to commence in 2024.

 

For the Kansas City Streetcar Main Street Extension Project, FTA will invest USD174.1 million. The project involves development of a 5.62-km (3.5-mile)-long extension of the streetcar network in Kansas City, Missouri. The project is being executed by the Kansas City Streetcar Authority (KCSA), the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA), and the government of Kansas City at an estimated investment of USD351.7 million. Passenger services are expected to commence in 2025.

 

For the Portal North Bridge Project, FTA will invest USD766.50 million. The project involves development of a new, two-track fixed-structure railroad bridge across the Hackensack River in Hudson County, New Jersey, along the Northeast Corridor, to replace the aging bridge. This project is expected to improve the reliability of commuter rail and Amtrak service, to increase capacity, and to reduce the maintenance expenses of the bridge. The project will be executed by the New Jersey Transit Corporation at an estimated investment of USD1.888 billion. It is also being supported by the Gateway Program Development Corporation (GDC), the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ), and the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak).