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The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's (LACMTA) Purple Line extension and Regional Connector projects each would receive $65 million in fiscal-year 2014 under the federal government-funding bill being considered in Congress, the agency announced on its blog yesterday.The bill appropriates $1.9 billion for new fixed-guideway projects. Combined with available prior year transit funds, a total of $2.1 billion is available for the U.S. Department of Transportation's (USDOT) New Starts program, LACMTA officials stated in the blog.“This level of funding is adequate to fully fund the president’s fiscal-year 2014 budget request of $65 million for the Purple Line Extension and $65 million for the Regional Connector,” the blog stated. The bill also would increase funding for the USDOT's Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program to $600 million, an increase of $100 million over last year's TIGER V program, LACMTA officials said.The Purple Line project involves a 3.9-mile heavy-rail extension from the terminus at the Wilshire/Western Subway Station to the Wilshire/La Cienga. The project includes three stations.The Regional Connector is a 1.9-mile light-rail line that also involves the construction of three stations.
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