LaHood announces $135 million grant for Calif. light rail expansion

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The total cost of the Sacramento light rail extension is expected to be $270 million. The project will add four new stations to the RT's Blue Line. The project is expected to be completed in September 2015.

FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff said the expansion "will help thousands of Cosumnes students spend less at the pump, and will spur retail and residential development at the new Morrison Creek Station and beyond."

"California’s capital region needs robust transportation choices to ensure that current and future generations have ready and affordable access to jobs, education, medical appointments and more,” Rogoff said.

The FTA said it provided $111.2 million to the development of the original length of the Sacramento light rail system, which the agency said amounted to half the cost of the project's construction.