FTA announces grant funding for bus rapid transit projects in three states

Sept. 29, 2021

Projects awarded in New York, Utah, and Washington State

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently announced construction grant awards for three bus rapid transit projects. 

The awards include $24.9 million to the Clark County Public Transportation Benefit Area (C-TRAN) for the Mill Plain Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project in Vancouver, Washington; $78.3 million to the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) for the Ogden-Weber State University Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), a 5.3-mile BRT project in Ogden, Utah; and $60.9 million to the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) for the Albany Washington Western Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project in New York.

The 9.9-mile Mill Plain BRT project includes construction of 21 new stations, including a new nine-bay transit center, and the purchase of eight new BRT vehicles. The project will provide frequent and consistent transit service to reduce travel times and improve reliability and mobility for residents who do not have access to a car.

The total project cost is $49.9 million with $24.9 million in funding provided through FTA's Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program.

The Ogden-Weber State University BRT project includes construction of 2.2 miles of exclusive bus lanes on the WSU campus, a total of 13 uniquely branded stations, transit signal priority, and purchase of 11 electric vehicles and charging infrastructure. The project also includes a new transit center on the WSU campus, and expansion of UTA’s existing Mount Ogden Maintenance facility. The project will provide riders a clean-air ride in an electric bus from the Ogden’s FrontRunner Station, through downtown, along dedicated bus lanes through the Weber State University campus and to McKay-Dee Hospital.

The total project cost is $120.5 million, with $78.3 million in funding provided through FTA's CIG Program.

The 8.5-mile Washington Western Corridor project includes a 1-mile semi-exclusive busway across the State University of New York at Albany (UAlbany) campus. The project will operate from the downtown Albany Bus Terminal through the Harriman State Office Campus and UAlbany to Crossgates Mall. The project will provide crucial transit service to key residential areas and provide frequent, consistent service to reduce travel time and improve reliability.

The total project cost is $77.7 million with $60.9 million in funding provided through FTA's CIG Program.

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SOURCE: Federal Transit Administration