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WMATA obtains more federal funds for Blue Line extension


On July 23, the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded a $32.8 million grant to Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) for the first extension to its 103-mile system.

The authority will use the funds to continue building its 3.8-mile Blue Line extension from the existing Addison Road Station to Largo Town Center. Scheduled to be complete in December, the $456 million project includes a station at Largo Town Center and an intermediate station at Morgan Boulevard.

The Largo Town Center station will serve the new Boulevard Cap Center retail development. The Morgan Boulevard station will include a daycare center and be located within walking distance of FedEx Field.

By 2020, WMATA expects 28,500 daily passengers to use the extension.

To date, the authority has obtained $153.7 million in federal New Starts funding for the extension.