California rail projects to receive additional $300m federal funding

WCN Editorial Team 22 Feb 2016 NORTH AMERICA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) has agreed to provide $300m in extra funding for two railway projects in Los Angeles County, California.

One of these projects includes the Regional Connector project, which will receive $100m of extra funding. The project earlier secured a federal full funding grant agreement (FFGA) worth $670m in February 2014, alongside a low-interest federal loan of $160m.

 

The 3km Connector stretches from the Metro Gold Line to downtown Los Angeles, and enables passengers to transfer to Blue, Expo, Red and Purple Lines, bypassing Union Station.  

 

The other project, Westside Purple Line extension (Sections 1 and 2), will secure $200m in funding.

 

Section 1 of the project received a FFGA of $1.2bn in May 2014, along with an $856m low interest federal loan.

 

The rail project will deliver a high-speed option for commuters travelling between downtown Los Angeles and Westwood. The project, which will include seven new stations, will be carried out in three phases.

 

Construction on both the projects is currently underway.

 

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority CEO Phillip Washington said: “The announcement today that $300 million in federal transportation dollars will be headed to Los Angeles will ensure that Metro can bring more mobility to serve commuters in LA County.”

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