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Four BRT projects allocated USD187 million under FTA’s CIG Small Starts Program, US [free access]

April 6, 2021

Four bus rapid transit (BRT) projects in Utah, California, and Washington state have been allocated USD187 million under the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA’s) Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Small Starts Program. The four projects are the Utah Transit Authority’s (UTA’s) Ogden/Weber State University BRT project, the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority’s (SBCTA’s) West Valley Connector BRT project, Community Transit’s Swift Orange Line BRT project, and the city of Seattle’s Department of Transportation’s (SDOT’s) Madison Street BRT project.


UTA has been allocated USD3.2 million for the Ogden/Weber State University BRT project. The line will span 4.6 km and serve 13 upgraded stations; it is currently under construction.UTA, Jacobs Engineering, AECOM, WCEC, and Stacy and Witbeck have partnered to design and construct the BRT line. Passenger operations are expected to commence by end 2023.


SBCTA has been allocated USD86.75 million for Phase 1 of the West Valley Connector BRT project, which will span 30.5 km and connect Pomona to Rancho Cucamonga. Phase 1 is expected to cost USD262.67 million. The funding provided by FTA under the CIG Program is expected to cover one-third of the project cost. Phase 1 includes the construction of 21 stations and the upgradation for a portion of the existing Route 61.


Community Transit in Everett, Wash has been allocated USD37 million for the Swift Orange Line BRT project. The Orange Line will span 18 km and serve 13 stations between Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood and the McCollum Park and Ride in Mill Creek. The project is currently in its final design phase. Construction is expected to commence in 2022.Passenger operations are expected to start in 2024.


SDOT has been allocated USD59.9 million for the Madison Street BRT project. The allocated sum is expected to cover approximately 45 per cent of the total cost of the project. The BRT (also known as RapidRide G Line) will span 5.8 km. Construction is expected to start in autumn 2021.Commercial operations are expected to start in 2024.