California's OC Streetcar breaks ground, lands Full Funding Grant Agreement

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The project is a 4.1-mile streetcar line connecting riders to major activity centers and other transportation services in downtown Santa Ana.

OCTA

The project is a 4.1-mile streetcar line connecting riders to major activity centers and other transportation services in downtown Santa Ana. OCTA

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced a $149 million Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) with the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) for the Orange County Streetcar, formerly known as Santa Ana/Garden Grove Streetcar, in California.

Funding will be provided through FTA’s Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program.

Federal Transit Administration Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams and OCTA CEO Darrell E. Johnson signed the Full-Funding Grant Agreement at the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center, which with other federal funding will pay for more than half of the approximately $408 million OC Streetcar project.

Following the signing, transportation officials joined with leaders from Santa Ana and Garden Grove — the two cities that originally developed the project — and with business and community leaders to break ground on the OC Streetcar.

The project is a 4.1-mile streetcar line connecting riders to major activity centers and other transportation services in downtown Santa Ana.

This is the third FFGA signed under this administration. FTA has advanced funding for 17 new CIG projects throughout the nation under this administration since Jan. 20, 2017, totaling approximately $4.8 billion in funding commitments. The present administration will have executed 13 CIG funding agreements by Dec. 31, 2018 for $3.3 billion in CIG funding.

Following the signing, transportation officials joined with leaders from Santa Ana and Garden Grove — the two cities that originally developed the project — and with business and community leaders to break ground on the OC Streetcar.

Following the signing, transportation officials joined with leaders from Santa Ana and Garden Grove — the two cities that originally developed the project — and with business and community leaders to break ground on the OC Streetcar.

“This project is a good example of leveraging federal funds to support locally driven transportation priorities,” said FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams. “It will provide important multimodal connections to Amtrak, Metrolink commuter rail, Greyhound, and local bus service.”

The CIG Program provides funding for major transit infrastructure capital investments nationwide. Projects accepted into the program must go through a multi-year, multi-step process according to requirements in law to be eligible for consideration to receive program funds.

To date, FTA has allocated $1.86 billion of the $2.62 billion in FY 2018 CIG funds appropriated for projects by Congress. FT A will continue to consider additional FY 2018 CIG allocations, based on the merits of individual projects.