In addition to the broad strokes of transportation policy outlined by the White House yesterday, the Obama administration also put out a much more specific proposal: the list of transit expansion projects recommended for funding in fiscal year 2016. Jeff Wood of The Overhead Wire and Talking Headways fame called it “Transit Christmas.”
Though the budget enacted by Congress will no doubt differ from the administration’s budget, these recommendations from the Federal Transit Administration are significant. Many of the projects on last year’s list are now under construction.
Here’s a look at what’s in line for federal funding, starting with the list of grants for large expansion projects from the FTA’s “New Starts” program.
Major projects recommended for funding:
- Los Angeles’ Westside Subway Extension, Section 2 — $100 million
- San Diego’s Midcoast Corridor — $150 million
- Denver’s Southeast Extension –$92 million
- Baltimore Red Line — $100 million
- Maryland Purple Line (Suburban D.C.) — $100 million
- Minneapolis’ Southwest Light Rail — $150 million
- Fort Worth’s TEX commuter Rail — $100 million
The big drama right now surrounds the Purple and Red line projects in Maryland, where newly elected Republican Governor Larry Hogan has threatened to cut off state support for the new transit lines if private partners don’t cover enough of the construction costs.
A second list of smaller projects in mid-sized cities are in line for funding from the FTA’s “Small Starts” program.