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Central Corridor light rail links Twin Cities to each other, and to opportunity

Over the weekend the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul celebrated completion of the Central Corridor light rail line, the single largest public works project in the history of Minnesota. The new route --known now as the METRO Green Line-- links the cities along one of the most heavily traveled corridors in the region and will significantly improve access to jobs and other opportunities for thousands of residents.

A project like the METRO Green Line doesn't happen without cooperation and coordination, and this one was made possible by an extraordinary partnership among state, county, city, and federal governments as well as local organizations and community members.

Photo of Green Line ribbon-cutting courtesy Pioneer Press, John Autey
Ribbon-cutting for the METRO Green Line; photo courtesy Pioneer Press / John Autey

The Obama Administration is proud to have provided nearly $480 million that has created thousands of good jobs for construction workers in Minnesota building this long-awaited link.

And not only does the new line connect people to opportunities--like jobs and education--it will also save them time spent in traffic and money spent at the gas pump...

U.S. Department of Transportation Celebrates $670 Million Grant Agreement and $160 Million TIFIA Loan to Improve Light Rail Connections in Greater Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today celebrated the signing of a $670 million construction grant agreement to help build the Regional Connector light rail transit line in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. The two-mile rail segment will connect three existing transit lines, offering thousands of area residents more efficient and convenient access to jobs, education, and other ladders of opportunity. FTA Deputy Administrator Therese McMillan took part in the signing event along with Senator Dianne Feinstein, Congressman Xavier Becerra, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, Mayor Eric Garcetti, and other state and local officials.

New connections, opportunities for L.A. commuters

I was thrilled to be back in Los Angeles yesterday on behalf of Secretary Foxx to sign a $670 million grant award with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) for a truly game-changing project called the Regional Connector.

And it was great to be joined on this red-letter day by Senator Dianne Feinstein, Congressman Xavier Becerra, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, and Mayor Eric Garcetti— all great champions for public transportation.

This is the latest in a growing list of public transportation projects transforming this region for the better by improving access to jobs, education, health care, and other ladders of opportunity that help hard-working residents achieve their dreams...

Photo of celebrants at Regional Connector grant announcement

In San Antonio, transit to remember

I was in San Antonio, Texas, yesterday, with Mayor Julian Castro, and while I was there I learned that one of the Alamo City's taglines is "Something to Remember." After reviewing the city's cutting edge public transit facilities, I can see several reasons why.

From the Primo Bus Rapid Transit service to the Westside Multimodal Transit Center and the planned streetcar lines, the region's VIA Metropolitan Transit truly offers something to remember.

Photo montage of Primo bus service

LYNX Blue Line extension breaks ground in Charlotte

FTA-funded doubling of popular light rail line will connect downtown to UNC, ease traffic, put thousands to work

At the Federal Transit Administration, we know that improved transportation has been one of the best examples of what one generation can leave to the next. And yesterday, at the groundbreaking for the 9.3-mile extension of its popular LYNX light rail Blue Line, I saw the city of Charlotte, NC, affirm that idea.

The new extension will double the length of the existing light rail system, create new development opportunities along the line, and significantly expand transit options for thousands of residents and students in the rapidly growing Charlotte region.

Photo of LYNX Blue Line light rail train in crowded station

U.S. Department of Transportation Approves $545.9 Million Loan to Advance Public Transit in Los Angeles

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has approved a $545.9 million Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan that will enable the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) to advance construction of a new light rail transit line along the Crenshaw corridor that will enhance access to existing transit service throughout Los Angeles.