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January 3, 2011

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FTA: Advanced New Starts Funds

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced that it is advancing a total of $182.4 million in New Starts funding for seven transit projects already under construction in New York, Dallas, Salt Lake City, Seattle, and Northern Virginia.

The funding is as follows: $44.3 million for MTA Long Island Rail Road’s East Side Access project; $40 million for MTA New York City Transit’s Second Avenue Subway; $22.7 million for Sound Transit’s University Link light rail line in Seattle; $20.6 million for the Utah Transit Authority’s (UTA) Mid-Jordan light rail project; $19.8 million for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Dulles Corridor heavy rail line from Tysons Corner to Reston, VA; $17.8 million for Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s Northwest/Southeast Light Rail; and $16.5 million for UTA’s FrontRunner North commuter rail line.

These grants will not increase the federal government’s overall share in the projects. Rather, FTA is paying a portion of the federal share for each project earlier than expected because of unallocated funds in FTA’s Fiscal Year 2010 budget for new construction. The projects have already received Full Funding Grant Agreements that establish the federal government’s share of funding as well as annual payment schedules.

“By making these payments now, we’re not only fulfilling the federal government’s commitment to these projects sooner, but we’re also giving a well-timed boost to communities that have made an important investment in their transportation infrastructure,” said DOT Secretary Ray LaHood. “We want to keep the projects moving and people working with these early investments, which will save these cities money over the long haul.”

More information is available online.

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