AASHTO Journal

FTA Awards Nearly $96M in Capital Grants to Three Bus, Rail Projects

The Federal Transit Administration said April 9 it was awarding $95.62 million in grants to three projects – for expansions of bus rapid transit systems in Everett, Wash., and Kansas City, Mo., and for a commuter rail line extension in the San Francisco Bay area.ftagrant-brteverett.jpg

The largest award was $43.2 million from the FTA's Capital Investment Grants program for Everett's Swift II Green Line BRT project.

The FTA said the Green Line will connect major employment and residential centers including Canyon Park, Paine Field and Mill Creek Town Center, and will establish a new regional transit hub near Paine Field to improve public transportation access to tens of thousands of jobs along the Green Line corridor.

"This investment will provide Everett residents with the quick and reliable transportation they need to have access to the region's good manufacturing and technology jobs," U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said in a press release.

The 12.3-mile Green Line project will include 18 new stations and two new terminals served by high-capacity articulated buses, while a new Seaway Transit Center will connect riders to 65,000 nearby jobs through several multimodal regional transit services, the FTA said.

In addition, it said the project will support U.S. manufacturing with the purchase of 13 new transit vehicles built in St. Cloud, Minn.

The FTA awarded $29.89 million to the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) for its proposed Prospect MAX bus project, which will extend BRT service 10 miles south from downtown Kansas City and serve the area's second-busiest transit corridor.

Named for the street along which it will run, the Prospect MAX will include 12 buses, 27 stations and two transit centers, the FTA said, and like the city's other BRT lines it will receive signal priority at intersections as it operates in mixed traffic. The agency said its grant also will help fund improvements to sidewalks and about 50 existing bus stops.

"Extending the MAX bus rapid transit system will help support the economic development along the Prospect Avenue corridor," said FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams, adding that "we are committed to advancing public transportation infrastructure projects that improve safety and increase mobility across the country."

ftagrant-railbayarea.jpgThe agency said its $22.53 million grant to the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District for a 2.1-mile San Rafael-to-Larkspur commuter rail extension will help provide a connection for North Bay residents to access regional ferry service serving downtown San Francisco and destinations throughout the area.

The extension will run from downtown San Rafael to the Golden Gate Transit Larkspur Ferry terminal in Marin County, providing an alternative to motor vehicle travel on US 101.

Chao said the project will improve transportation links for hundreds of thousands of commuters who travel in the Bay Area each day, and Williams said it will "provide an important multimodal connection to transit services for those trying to reach their jobs, schools and homes."

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