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USDOT allocates and announces funds for multiple projects, US [free access]

September 24, 2021

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT’s) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced a USD78.3 million grant to the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) for the development of the Ogden-Weber State University Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project. The project includes construction of 3.54 km of exclusive bus lanes on the WSU campus, construction of 13 stations, installation of transit signal priority, and procurement of 11 electric vehicles (EVs) and charging infrastructure. The project also includes construction of a new transit centre on the WSU campus, and expansion of UTA’s existing Mount Ogden Maintenance facility.


The FTA has also announced a USD24.9 million grant to the Clark County Public Transportation Benefit Area (C-TRAN) for the development of the Mill Plain BRT project in Vancouver. The project includes construction of 21 new stations, establishment of a new nine-bay transit centre, and procurement of eight new BRT vehicles.


Additionally, FTA through its Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program has awarded a USD99.9 million grant to the County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) for "A Better Red", the MAX Red Line Extension and Reliability Improvements Project in the Portland metro area. The scope of work for the project includes track, switch, and signalisation work and the addition of an operator break facility at the Red Line’s new terminus in Hillsboro.


The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) has also received USD61 million from the USDOT’s CIG Program to expand the Albany Washington/Western BRT project. The project includes procurement of 16 buses, installation of transit signal priority, construction of queue bypass lanes, provision of real-time bus arrival information, construction of a one-mile semi-exclusive busway across the university campus, and implementation of bus maintenance garage expansion.


Further, it has announced a package of Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loans of up to USD3.84 billion for the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority (Sound Transit) for the financing of the Downtown Redmond Link Extension and for the refinancing of an additional five projects. The total savings accruing to Sound Transit is estimated at USD630 million over the life of the loans. The TIFIA loans also include refinancing for the East Link, Lynnwood Link, and Federal Way Link extensions of light rail, as well as the Operations and Management Facility East projects.