Eno Transportation Weekly

Category: New Starts

FTA Allocates Funding to L.A., Tempe, Minneapolis Transit Projects

November 30, 2018 – This week, the Federal Transit Administration announced that they are formally allocating fiscal 2018 appropriations for the Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program for four new mass transit projects: the third section of the mammoth Los Angeles Westside Purple Line extension, plus smaller projects in Tempe, Arizona (a new streetcar system), Minneapolis, Minnesota (a new bus rapid transit system), and capacity upgrades in the Dallas, Texas DART rail system.

Is the Mass Transit CIG Program Sitting on $1.4 Billion? Or Is the Program $5 Billion in the Red?

November 28, 2018 – Is the Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program sitting on over a billion dollars of funding provided by Congress instead of providing that money to subway, light rail, and bus rapid transit projects across the country? Or is the CIG program a ticking time bomb with nearly $5 billion in unfunded liabilities that will come due in future years, when future Congresses are not legally bound to make good on those promises?

Will the Third Time Be the Charm for the Portal North Bridge?

June 21, 2018 – New Jersey Transit (and Amtrak) face a July 14 deadline for getting the Federal Transit Administration to approve their latest revised financial plan for the replacement of the Portal North Bridge, the first project of the $30+ billion Gateway Program of passenger rail projects in New York and New Jersey. The revised financial plan will take advantage of $600 million in state bonds approved by the state Economic Development Authority and the New Jersey Transit Board of Directors last week.

FTA Commits First FY18 Capital Investment Grant Funding

May 18, 2018 – The Federal Transit Administration signed two more Capital Investment Grant “small start” funding agreements this week, one of which represents the first FTA commitment of unallocated 2018 CIG appropriations.

What Next For the Mass Transit New Starts Program?

April 6, 2018 – The recently enacted FY18 appropriations bill makes $916 million available for new subway, light rail, streetcar and BRT projects. How does this money compare to the demands on the program?

USDOT to Sign Maryland Purple Line Agreement

August 24, 2017 – The Trump Administration will sign a grant agreement promising $572 million in future federal appropriations for the Maryland Purple Line light rail project, Governor Larry Hogan (R) announced this week.

USDOT Withdraws From Gateway Corporation

July 1, 2017 – Late yesterday afternoon, the U.S. Department of Transportation notified the Gateway Program Development Corporation that USDOT is permanently withdrawing from the corporation’s Board of Trustees.

Chao Fields Infrastructure Questions

May 19, 2017 – Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao used two public events this week to promise infrastructure stakeholders that details of the Trump Administration’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan would soon be forthcoming.

White House Submits FY17 Budget Revisions – But Too Late to Change the Omnibus?

March 27, 2017 – Last Friday evening, the White House Office of Management and Budget sent Congress proposed changes to about a hundred different discretionary appropriations accounts for the current fiscal year (2017), including TIGER grants, mass transit new starts, and the Army Corps of Engineers water resources program.

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