The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today 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, Arizona; the Westside Subway Section 3 Project in Los Angeles, California; and the Federal Way Light Rail Project in Seattle, Washington.
"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 January 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.
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) provides financial and technical assistance to local public transit systems, including buses, subways, light rail, commuter rail, trolleys and ferries. FTA also oversees safety measures and helps develop next-generation technology research.