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The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) late last week announced $891 million in Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funding to 12 rail and bus rapid transit infrastructure projects.
The funding allocations will be used to advance the readiness of projects through Full Funding Grant Agreements (FFGA). The funding is distributed through the FTA's Capital Investment Grants (CIG) program.
FTA is allocating $27 million in appropriated fiscal-year 2018 CIG funding, $526 million in appropriated FY2019 CIG funding and $337 million in appropriated FY2020 CIG funding to 12 projects.
The projects must meet additional requirements before a grant can be awarded, FTA officials said in a press release.
"Supporting rail and bus rapid transit projects across the nation will help communities improve transit service as they address the impacts of COVID-19 and recover from this public health emergency," said FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams.
CIG New Starts rail projects receiving allocations include:
CIG Small Starts projects receiving allocations include a 7.8-mile extension of Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon's MAX Red Line from the Beaverton Transit Center to downtown Hillsboro, Oregon. The project also will increase the reliability of the MAX light-rail system between Portland International Airport and Beaverton Transit Center. The FTA is allocating $99.99 million in FY2019 CIG funds to the project, to complete the CIG funding request.