Rail

L.A. awarded nearly $900M in light rail funds

Posted on February 20, 2014

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) signed a $670 million construction grant agreement to help build the Regional Connector light rail transit line in the heart of downtown Los Angeles.

The two-mile rail segment will connect three existing transit lines, offering thousands of area residents more efficient and convenient access to jobs and education.

“L.A.’s Regional Connector will help make this city and region a better place for tens of thousands of Angelenos by ensuring that public transit not only works for everyone, but that it works better than ever,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will use FTA’s grant funds to build an underground connection between the existing Metro Gold line in Little Tokyo and the Exposition and Blue light rail lines. The grant also includes four new light rail vehicles to augment the existing fleet.

The project will reconfigure Metro's three existing light rail lines into two lines, one primarily running north to south and one east to west. The project reconfiguration will also eliminate the need for riders to make transfers from light rail to the Metro Red or Purple Line subway system, and then back onto light rail, to reach their destinations.

LACMTA estimates the Regional Connector will open in 2020 and initially handle roughly 60,000 trips or more each weekday.

In addition to the $670 million that FTA has committed to the project through its Capital Investment Grant (New Starts) Program, Metro will receive $64 million in other U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) funds and a loan of up to $160 million from the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovative Action (TIFIA) loan program. The remainder of the roughly $1.4 billion project will be funded with state and local resources.

The FTA is also advancing two other major transit expansion projects in the Los Angeles metropolitan area: the Crenshaw/LAX light rail transit corridor project and Section I of the Westside Purple Line Extension. The $2 billion Crenshaw project, which broke ground in January, is funded in part with a $545.9 million TIFIA loan and approximately $130 million in other FTA and DOT funds.

U.S. DOT has approved a TIFIA loan of up to $856 million for the Westside project, which is also in line to receive funding through FTA’s Capital Investment Grant Program later this year.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

L.A. Metro marks Regional Connector milestone

The rail line, which is now 50% complete, is expected to serve 88,000 riders daily.

Sound Transit Link light rail extension lands $75M grant

Construction is expected to begin in Fall 2018, with revenue service targeted for 2022.

Amtrak 'refreshes' interiors of Acela Express trains

The Acela Express refresh is a 14-month program for all of its 20 trainsets, which includes 100 Amtrak cars and 6,080 total seats.

FRA issues $250M Notice of Funding Opportunity for PTC projects

Fourteen railroads report they have installed 100 percent of the hardware necessary for PTC system implementation, as of March 31, 2018.

Brightline partners with Lyft for ridesharing at stations

Lyft will have designated pickup and drop-off locations at Brightline stations in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close