DOT grants $670M to LA light rail expansion

DOT grants $670M to LA light rail expansion
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The Department of Transportation (DOT) is providing $670 million to help pay for the construction of an expansion of Los Angeles’ light rail system, the agency announced this week.

The money will come from a grant from the Federal Transit Administration, the DOT said. Los Angeles officials will also be awarded another $160 million loan through the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act program, officials said.

Transportation Secretary Anthony FoxxAnthony Renard FoxxGeorgia Power says electricity at Atlanta airport will likely be restored by midnight Ex-Obama transportation chief on Atlanta airport power outage: 'Total and abject failure' To address America's crumbling infrastructure, follow Britain's lead MORE offered a similar assessment in an announcement of the grant this week.

“LA’s Regional Connector will help make this city and region a better place for tens of thousands of Angelenos by ensuring that public transit not only works for everyone, but that it works better than ever,” Foxx said in a statement. “This administration is committed to ensuring that every American has access to ladders of opportunity that lead to success — and access to public transportation is essential to making that happen.”

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is planning to use the federal money to build a 1.9-mile underground connection between two of its existing light rail lines.

The project will add four new stations to the LA Metro light rail system and will close a downtown service gap that has long frustrated Los Angeles officials.