The Federal Transit Administrator (FTA) has been announced to fund the construction of the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail project in Oregon, US, with a $745.2m grant to with Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet).
The project, which includes construction of a double-track light rail transit (LRT) extension of the existing Yellow Line, is expected to expand transit options and create easier commutes between downtown Portland and the Milwaukie suburbs.
The funding will be used to build ten new stations and a new transit bridge over the Willamette River to facilitate the 7.3 mile expansion of light rail service from Portland State University, across the river and into Milwaukie and north Clackamas County.
The service on the MAX light rail line to Milwaukie is scheduled to start in 2015, which will expand the rail system to 60 miles. It is expected to transport more than 27,000 passengers a day by 2030.
US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said: "The Portland-Milwaukie light rail project will bring more great transportation options to people in the region, create thousands of jobs during construction and boost economic development along the new line for years to come."
The funding from FTA will cover half of the total cost of the $1.49bn project and will help TriMet to start construction of the light rail extension.
FTA administrator Peter Rogoff said: "The Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project will make a huge difference in the quality of life of thousands of people in the greater Portland area, connect residents in north Clackamas County to jobs downtown and breathe new life into older neighbourhoods like Brooklyn."