US FTA awards $1.2bn grant for Transbay Corridor Core Capacity Project


The US Department of Transportation has awarded $1.2bn grant for the $2.7bn Transbay Corridor Core Capacity project in San Francisco, California.

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) signed the grant agreement with the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART).

FTA deputy administrator K Jane Williams said: "This investment in California will improve public transportation and support economic recovery in the Bay Area.

"This project will allow BART to operate additional trains through the Transbay Tube, helping to alleviate crowding and increase capacity in this critical corridor."

The project, which is devised to bolster the capacity of the existing BART heavy rail system between Oakland and downtown San Francisco, was awarded through FTA’s Capital Investment Grants (CIG) programme.

The CIG programme is designed to provide funding for major transit infrastructure capital investments across the US.

Williams added: "This federal funding is an economic boost for the Bay Area as the project will create jobs and help communities recover from the COVID-19 public health emergency."

Planned to be completed in 2026, the Transbay Corridor project is expected to increase capacity, ease congestion and improve performance, operating efficiency, and reliability of rail service.  

Under the present administration, FTA has advanced funding for 40 CIG projects, with a combined value of $10.7bn in funding commitments.

Recently, the FTA has awarded a $928.8m grant for the Southwest Light Rail Transit Project in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The grant agreement has been signed with the Metropolitan Council in Minnesota.

The Southwest Light Rail Transit Project involves extending the existing Green Line from downtown Minneapolis to the southwestern suburbs to enable rapid transportation in the region.

Transbay Corridor Core Capacity project aims to bolster the capacity of the existing BART heavy rail system. (Credit: Pi.1415926535/Wikipedia)

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