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News » US » Grant opens way for Californian rail extension » published 10 Apr 2018

Grant opens way for Californian rail extension

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced the award of a US$22.5m grant for a commuter rail extension from San Rafael to Larkspur in California.

Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District (Smart) is planning the extension to provide a connection to regional ferry service in Bay Area.

"This grant will improve transportation links for the hundreds of thousands of commuters traveling in the Bay Area every day," said US transportation secretary Elaine Chao.

The project involves a 2.1-mile extension to Smart’s existing 43-mile commuter rail line. The extension will run from downtown San Rafael to the Golden Gate Transit Larkspur Ferry terminal in Marin County, providing an alternative to travel on US Highway 101.

"This project will provide an important multi-modal connection to transit services for those trying to reach their jobs, schools, and homes," said FTA acting administrator Jane Williams. "FTA is committed to modernizing these connections to improve safety and reliability for all users."

Smart will receive US$22.53m through FTA’s Capital Investment Grants (CIG) program. 

 

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This article was published on 10 Apr 2018 (last updated on 10 Apr 2018).

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