FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Carrie Bohnsack, 801-634-1864
Date: May 7, 2009
UTA Receives $90.9 Million in Stimulus Funds
On Thursday, May 8, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that Utah is one of nine states selected to receive a total of $742.5 million in federal ARRA stimulus funds to pay for transit projects. These funds are designated for transit projects currently under a Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
Utah will receive $90.9 million for the Utah Transit Authority’s Mid-Jordan light rail line, currently under construction. In January, UTA received an FFGA of $428.3 million, which will pay for 80% of the costs for the line. The $90.9 million is not new money for the project, but it does represent an early payment on the $428.3 million provided by the FFGA.
“These funds will allow UTA to accelerate work on the Mid-Jordan line,” said Ralph Jackson, UTA deputy chief of program development. “By getting this money up front, UTA will be able to keep more workers on the job and move forward more quickly with construction.”
The Mid-Jordan line is one part of the larger $2.5 billion FrontLines 2015 project, which also includes light rail lines to West Valley City, the Salt Lake International Airport, and Draper, plus the extension of FrontRunner commuter rail to Provo. Accelerating the Mid-Jordan line frees up other capital funds that can be used to accelerate the entire FrontRunner 2015 project.
“Each million dollars means 35 jobs, so this stimulus money will support approximately 3,200 jobs over the next couple of years,” Jackson said. “Mid-Jordan and the FrontLines 2015 project are significantly contributing to Utah's economy at this difficult time.”
The Mid-Jordan line is approximately 40% complete and expected to open in late 2011. At 10.6 miles, it is the longest of the new light rail lines under FrontLines 2015. The new line will interline with the exiting North-South TRAX line, taking riders all the way to downtown or the University without the need to transfer. The line is projected to carry 9,500 riders per weekday and nearly 29,000 riders between Daybreak and Downtown Salt Lake by 2030.
Mid-Jordan Construction Open House – Saturday, May 9
The Mid-Jordan project team will hold a community open house this Saturday, May 9, from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, at Terra Linda Elementary School in West Jordan (8400 S. 3400 W. - Old Bingham Highway). Project representatives will be on hand to answer questions and provide general project information, including future construction activity.
For more information on the Mid-Jordan project, click here:
To view a Mid-Jordan construction update video:
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