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U.S. Department of Transportation Celebrates Opening of New SunRail Commuter Rail Line, Expanding Transit Service in Central Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today celebrated the opening of the first phase of the SunRail commuter rail line, which will significantly expand transit options and connect thousands of residents to jobs and other economic opportunities throughout Central Florida.

Transit capital grants connect Americans, opportunity

When is 2.5 a big number? When it's the $2.5 billion in President Obama's proposed 2015 transportation budget for the Federal Transit Administration's Capital Investment Grant program (CIG).

Many long-time Fast Lane readers will recognize that the transit CIG program is an evolution of FTA's popular New Starts program, also known as New And Small Starts. It might be confusing to follow the changing program names, but one thing that is not confusing is the program's continued value to communities across the country...

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Florida transportation projects creating ladders of opportunity

Last week, in his State of the Union address, President Obama spoke about creating “ladders of opportunity,” ways to connect all Americans, and especially those reaching for the middle class, with a better life.

Two of those “ladders” are being built right now in Florida. And on Friday, I traveled to the Sunshine State to visit them.

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Utah's TRAX extends service --and opportunity-- to Draper

Last week in Utah, I had the pleasure of seeing what can happen when communities come together to solve their mutual challenges. The TRAX Light Rail Extension to the City of Draper is the final leg of a seven-year plan that invests in the future of the entire Salt Lake Region.

It is exactly the kind of thinking we need to see in communities across America, and DOT is proud to have played its part.

Poster for Front Lines 2015 by Utah Transit Authority

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