The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently announced a nearly $100 million investment in the Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works’ (DTPW) South Corridor Rapid Transit Project.
The $99.9 million investment in Miami-Dade Transit’s South Corridor Rapid Transit Project is part of the FTA’s Capital Investment Grant (CIG) Program. The total project cost is approximately $299.9 million.
The program provides funding for major transit infrastructure projects nationwide. Projects accepted into the program must go through a rigorous evaluation and rating process according to requirements in law to be eligible for consideration to receive program funds. In February 2020, the project received an overall “high” rating from the FTA. In June 2020, the Florida DOT (FDOT) and DTPW executed an agreement for FDOT to provide up to $100 million as 50% of the local match for the FTA grant.
“We are beyond thrilled to be receiving this substantial Capital Investment Grant from the Federal Transit Administration,” Alice N. Bravo, P.E, DTPW Director, said in a statement. “Public transportation provides a lifeline for many, therefore an investment in public transit is an investment in our community and our people. This funding will help us improve rapid transit solutions and bring much-needed relief to the southern part of our county and to fund our rapid transit vision for the South Corridor of the SMART Plan.”
The grant will be used for the 20-mile South Dade Corridor Bus Rapid Transit Project, which will be constructed by DTPW along the existing Busway from the Dadeland South Metrorail Station to SW 344th Street in Florida City. This project will help to transform the South Dade TransitWay and bring about a new era of public transportation. Residents from Florida City and Homestead will be able to connect seamlessly to Dadeland and downtown Miami allowing for better access to more jobs, schools, healthcare facilities, and other opportunities.
SOURCE: Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works