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17 public transit projects still awaiting $1.4B from Feds

Posted on August 22, 2018

T4America created a clock to keep track of how much time the projects have been waiting for funding.
Screenshot via T4America
T4America created a clock to keep track of how much time the projects have been waiting for funding.Screenshot via T4America

WASHINGTON, D.C. — CityLab and Transportation 4 America report that 151 days, 20 hours, and 41 minutes have passed since President Trump signed a $1 trillion federal infrastructure bill and public transit agencies are still waiting for the $1.4 billion that was promised to transit projects across the U.S., with no clear reason being given by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) as to why there is a holdup.

Overall, 17 rail and rapid bus projects are awaiting grants promised by the federal appropriations bill signed into law by the President in March 2018. The list according to T4America includes:

  • Albuquerque, N.M. — Central Avenue BRT
  • Dallas — DART Red & Blue Line Platform Extension
  • El Paso, Texas — BRT Extension
  • Jacksonville, Fla. — Southwest BRT
  • Los Angeles — Purple Line Extension (LRT), Section 3
  • Minneapolis — Blue Line, Green Line, and Orange Line (LRT) Extension
  • New York City — Canarsie (L) Line Improvements
  • Orange County, Calif. — Streetcar
  • Reno, Nev. — Virginia Street BRT
  • Sacramento, Calif. — Riverfront Streetcar
  • Seattle — Lynnwood LRT extension and Madison Street BRT
  • South Shore, Ind./Ill. — Commuter Rail Double Tracking
  • St. Petersburg, Fla. — Central Avenue BRT
  • Tempe, Ariz. — Streetcar

Authorities in these cities have been counting on federal dollars to move ahead with planning and construction, with many already committing hundreds of millions in local resources toward their completion. The FTA’s procedural slowdown is worrying transit agencies, consternating commuters and advocates, and embarrassing the political leaders who championed the projects, reports CityLab, which also points out delays of any kind also tend to increase the costs of the projects.

T4America has also created a clock to keep track of how much time the projects have been waiting for funding. To view the tracker, click here. For the full CityLab story, click here.

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