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FTA finalizes grant agreement for Sacramento light-rail extension


The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has finalized a full funding grant agreement (FFGA) with Sacramento Regional Transit, which will enable the South Line light-rail extension to move forward, U.S. Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) announced yesterday.

The FFGA formally commits the federal government to partially fund the project. Following the FFGA's mandatory congressional review period, the FTA will execute it, allowing the funds to be released and construction to begin.

The South Line project calls for extending the Blue Line another 4.3 miles south to Cosumnes River College, connecting downtown and North Sacramento to South Sacramento. The expansion, which includes four stations, is expected to generate 2,210 new transit trips on an average weekday.

"As Sacramento and Cosumnes River College continue to grow, this expansion will improve our transportation infrastructure, linking one of the fastest-growing parts of Sacramento County to light-rail services," Matsui said in a prepared statement.

Several projects related to the South Line extension have been approved and construction has begun.

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