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FTA: Proposed FY2011 federal budget would fund 27 major transit projects


Yesterday, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the Obama Administration’s proposed fiscal-year 2011 transportation budget would include $1.8 billion for 27 major transit projects.

Those under Full Funding Grant Agreements include MTA Long Island Rail Road’s East Side Access project; MTA New York City Transit’s Second Avenue Subway; the Dulles Corridor Metrorail project; the Regional Transportation District of Denver’s West Corridor light-rail extension; and Sound Transit’s University Link light-rail extension.

Projects in the final design phase include the Oakland Airport Connector; San Francisco’s Central Subway; the initial segment of central Florida’s commuter-rail line; the Access to the Region’s Core program in New Jersey; and light-rail lines in Houston.

Projects undergoing preliminary engineering include Denver’s East Corridor and Gold Line; Honolulu’s light-rail system; the Twin Cities’ Central Corridor light-rail line; Charlotte’s Northeast Corridor light-rail line; Houston’s University Corridor light-rail line; and Salt Lake City’s light-rail project.

The proposed budget also would appropriate $834.6 million for 19 new transit projects, 10 of which would be new funding recommendations. The remainder had been recommended for funding in previous years, but still are awaiting construction grant agreements. In addition, the budget would include $924.6 million to continue funding eight projects under construction in New York City, Dallas, Denver, Salt Lake City, Seattle and northern Virginia.

“Projects like these are at the very heart of President Obama’s agenda to clean up our environment, reduce our dependence on oil from overseas and put people back to work,” said FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff in a prepared statement.

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