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FTA allocates funding for transit-rail projects in four states

The funds include $50.8 million for the Kansas City Streetcar to extend its Main Street route 3.5 miles.
Photo – KC Streetcar


The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) yesterday announced it will allocate a total of $400 million for four transit infrastructure projects in Arizona, Indiana, Missouri and New Jersey. 

The projects are advancing towards readiness to receive a Full Funding Grant Agreement under the FTA’s Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program. The projects must meet additional requirements before a grant can be awarded.

The federal funding includes:

  • $248 million for the construction of the Portal North Bridge Project, a new two-track fixed structure across the Hackensack River in Hudson County, New Jersey, along the Northeast Corridor;
  • $50.8 million for the Kansas City Streetcar to extend its Main Street route 3.5 miles;
  • $50.6 million for Valley Metro to extend its light-rail system 1.5 miles from northwest Phoenix to the Metrocenter Mall; and
  • $50.6 million for the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District to construct a second track on 26.6 miles of the South Shore commuter-rail line in northern Indiana between Gary and Michigan City.

All projects are in the engineering phase of the CIG program.

"These critical rail transit infrastructure projects will help communities improve transit service as they continue to address the impacts of COVID-19 and recover from this public health emergency," said FTA Deputy Administrator K. Jane Williams in a press release.


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