Miami, Sacramento, Boston Transit Projects Still Seeking Federal Approval
So which three projects are still stuck in neutral when it comes to winning Washington's approval? Boston's Silver Line Phase III plan, a $1.7 billion tunnel that would connect Chinatown with the southern waterfront and the airport; Sacramento's South Corridor Phase II, a four-mile extension of local light rail estimated at $270 million; and Miami's Orange Line Phase II, a 9.2-mile extension of the city's Metrorail with a price tag of $1.3 billion.
Miami and Boston, having already gotten the cold shoulder in 2008, could face a permanent no from the feds if they cannot strengthen their proposals this year.
Interestingly, the three transit projects that have yet to reach a Medium rating got subpar evaluations of their local governments' financial contributions even though their proposed federal share of capital costs was comparable to the those for successful transit projects in Minneapolis and Denver. (Boston's preferred federal share stands at 60 percent, Sacramento's at 50 percent and Miami's at 47 percent.)
For the full skinny, check out page 13 of the FTA's report.