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May 21, 2014

US DoT to provide $2.1bn for Westside Purple Line Extension

The US Department of Transportation (DoT) will provide $2.1bn in federal grant and loan agreements to fund the construction of the 3.9-mile Westside Purple Line Extension running between downtown Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, California, US

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The US Department of Transportation (DoT) will provide $2.1bn in federal grant and loan agreements to fund the construction of the 3.9-mile Westside Purple Line Extension running between downtown Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, California, US

Of the total funding, the project sponsor the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will receive $1.25bn in construction grant funds from the federal transit administration’s (FTA) capital investment grant (CIG) programme.

Around $856m will be provided from DoT’s transportation infrastructure finance and innovation act loan programme.

The Westside Section 1 project is the first of three planned extensions of the Metro Purple Line subway.

The project includes the construction of three new underground stations, as well as 34 heavy rail vehicles to the existing fleet. When open, the extension will provide more than 20,000 daily trips.

The construction phase of the project is expected to create over 22,000 jobs.

US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said: "The continued expansion of Los Angeles’ public transportation system is vitally important to the millions of residents who need reliable and affordable access to jobs, education and other ladders of opportunity that this region has to offer."

The $2.8bn project will receive approximately $12.2m in additional DoT and FTA funds, with the remainder funded by state and local sources.

Since 2009, FTA has executed 41 construction grant agreements for transformational transit projects to date through its CIG programme.


Image: Metro Purple Line at Union Station. Photo: courtesy of METRO96.

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