USA: A total of 32 new and ongoing rail projects are included in the list of urban transport projects which the Federal Transit Administration has recommended should be allocated a total of $2·5bn under President Obama’s budget for the 2015 financial year which starts on October 1 2015.

The funding would come from the from the FTA’s Capital Investment Grant programme.

‘Transit ridership across the United States is at its highest level in five decades, thanks in part to FTA’s successful partnerships with communities committed to expanding local transportation choices that help to revitalise neighborhoods, reduce congestion, and connect residents with jobs, education, health care, and other vital services,’ said Deputy Federal Transit Administrator Therese McMillan. ‘We must continue investing, together, in our nation's public transportation infrastructure, so future generations have the mobility they will need to succeed.’

State Location Project Status
AZ Tempe Tempe Streetcar SSPD
CA Los Angeles Regional Connector Transit Corridor light rail FFGA
CA Los Angeles Westside Subway Extension Section 1 NSE
CA Los Angeles Downtown Streetcar SSPD
CA San Diego Mid Coast Corridor Transit Project light rail NSPD
CA San Francisco Third Street Light Rail Phase 2 - Central Subway FFGA
CA San Jose Silicon Valley Berryessa BART extension FFGA
CA San Rafael San Rafael – Larkspur commuter rail SSPD
CO Denver Eagle Commuter Rail FFGA
CO Denver Southeast light rail extension NSPD
FL Fort Lauderdale Wave Streetcar SSPD
FL Orlando SunRail Phase 2 North SSPD
FL Orlando SunRail Phase 2 South NSE
HI Honolulu High Capacity Transit Corridor Project FFGA
IL Chicago Red Line and Purple Line modernisationCCPD
MA Cambridge to Medford Green Line Extension NSE
MD Baltimore Red Line NSPD
MD Bethesda-New Carrolton National Capital Purple Line NSPD
MN Minneapolis Southwest LRT NSPD
MN St Paul-Minneapolis Central Corridor LRT FFGA
NC Charlotte LYNX Blue Line Extension Northeast Corridor FFGA
NC Charlotte CityLYNX Gold Line Phase 2 SSPD
NC Durham Durham-Orange LRT NSPD
NY New York Long Island Rail Road East Side Access FFGA
OR Portland Portland – Milwaukie Light Rail FFGA
OR Portland Columbia River Crossing light rail NSE
TX Fort Worth TEX Rail NSPD
TX Houston University Corridor LRT NSE
TX San Antonio Downtown Modern Streetcar SSPD
VA Northern Virginia Dulles Corridor Metrorail extension to Wiehle Avenue FFGA
WA Seattle University Link light rail extension FFGA
WA Seattle/Lynnwood Lynnwood Link light rail extension NSPD


  • FFGA New Starts Full Funding Grant Agreement
  • SSGA Small Starts Construction Grant Agreement
  • CCE Core Capacity Engineering
  • CCPD Core Capacity Project Development
  • NSE New Starts Engineering
  • NSPD New Starts Project Development
  • SSPD Small Starts Project Development