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California's OC Streetcar breaks ground, lands FFGA

Posted on December 3, 2018

The project is a 4.1-mile streetcar line connecting riders to major activity centers and other transportation services in downtown Santa Ana.
OCTA
The project is a 4.1-mile streetcar line connecting riders to major activity centers and other transportation services in downtown Santa Ana.OCTA

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced a $149 million Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) with the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) for the Orange County Streetcar, formerly known as Santa Ana/Garden Grove Streetcar, in California.

Funding will be provided through FTA’s Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program.

Federal Transit Administration Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams and OCTA CEO Darrell E. Johnson signed the Full-Funding Grant Agreement at the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center, which with other federal funding will pay for more than half of the approximately $408 million OC Streetcar project.

The project is a 4.1-mile streetcar line connecting riders to major activity centers and other transportation services in downtown Santa Ana.

Following the signing of a FTA's Full Funding Grant Agreement, transportation officials joined with leaders from Santa Ana and Garden Grove — the two cities that originally developed the project — and with business and community leaders to break ground on the OC Streetcar.
Following the signing of a FTA's Full Funding Grant Agreement, transportation officials joined with leaders from Santa Ana and Garden Grove — the two cities that originally developed the project — and with business and community leaders to break ground on the OC Streetcar.

“It will provide important multimodal connections to Amtrak, Metrolink commuter rail, Greyhound, and local bus service,” said FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams.

The CIG Program provides funding for major transit infrastructure capital investments nationwide. Projects accepted into the program must go through a multi-year, multi-step process according to requirements in law to be eligible for consideration to receive program funds.

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