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The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) this week awarded the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) in San Francisco and Metro Transit in Minneapolis Full Funding Grant Agreements (FFGA) for major rail improvement projects.
BART received $1.2 billion in federal funding for its Transbay Corridor Core Capacity Program to increase the frequency of trains between San Francisco and the East Bay, grow capacity by 45 percent and improve service for millions of riders, BART officials said in a press release.
The program includes purchase of 252 additional rail cars, a new communications-based train control system, a new rail car storage yard and enhanced traction power substations in San Francisco and the Easy Bay.
The grant is the largest the agency has ever received, BART officials said.
Metro Transit was awarded $928.8 million to cover nearly half of the agency’s $2 billion Southwest LRT Project, a 14.5-mile extension of the agency’s Green light-rail line. The extension includes 16 stations and will serve Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, Edina, Hopkins, Minnetonka and Eden Prairie.
Construction of the extension project started in November 2018, and is scheduled to be completed by 2023.