USDOT Awards $96 Million to BRT Projects in Washington, Missouri and Commuter Rail in California
The grants given by Federal Transit Administration Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams comes three days after it awarded $264 million to 139 bus projects in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
The FTA also awarded $29.89 million, also a CIG grant, 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," according to AASHTO Journal.
The one rail project awarded a Capital Investment Grant by the FTA on April 9 was the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART), a one-and-one-half-year-old diesel multiple unit commuter rail line that runs 43 miles from Sonoma County Airport in the north to San Rafael in southern Marin County, serving 10 stations.
"The 2.1-mile extension to the [Larkspur] Golden Gate Ferry terminal is considered a vital link that will lure commuters who travel between the North Bay and San Francisco," reports Michael Cabanatuan for the San Francisco Chronicle on April 9. "To make the trip now, SMART riders have to get off the train at the current end-of-the-line station in downtown San Rafael and take a bus to the ferry terminal or into San Francisco.
The grant makes up a large chunk of the $55.4 million cost of the extension, which is expected to carry trains by the end of 2019.
"Our Larkspur connection is an important link to San Francisco and will connect residents, employers and visitors to Sonoma and Marin counties," said Judy Arnold, vice chairwoman of the SMART Board of Directors in a statement by the bi-county rail agency.
Cabanatuan writes that SMART has a northern extension planned to Cloverdale, creating a 70-mile system, making it 43 percent longer than the 49-mile mainline of the Bay Area's other commuter rail system, the San Francisco-to-San Jose Caltrain line.
- United States
- Government / Politics
- Kansas City
- Marin County
- North Bay
- San Rafael
- Snohomish County
- Sonoma County
- Bus Rapid Transit
- Capital Investment Grant Program
- Commuter Rail
- Federal Transit Funding
- Rail Extension
- Traffic Signal Prioritization
- Community Transit
- Federal Transit Administration
- Golden Gate Ferry Service
- Kansas City Area Transportation Authority
- Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District (SMART)
- Judy Arnold
- Michael Cabanatuan
- K. Jane Williams