2 Southern California rail transit projects receive US funds

November 28, 2018

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced approximately $180 million in funding for two Southern California rail transit projects.

The department’s Federal Transit Administration said Wednesday that an extension of Los Angeles’ Purple Line subway will receive $100 million and the San Diego Mid-Coast Light Rail project will receive about $80 million in fiscal year 2018 funds.

The Purple Line project is a 2.6-mile (4.2-kilometer) heavy rail extension from Century City to Westwood and a Veterans Affairs hospital that includes two stations and 16 vehicles. The total project cost is $3.7 billion with $1.3 billion in funding requested through the FTA’s Capital Investments Grants Program.

The San Diego project is a 10.9-mile (17.5-kilometer) light rail extension from downtown San Diego to the University City area.