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Feds to formally announce $135 million grant to extend Light Rail

A light rail car in Sacramento.

A major federal bigwig will be in town next week to formally announce a $135 million grant to extend Sacramento’s light rail to Cosumnes River College.

This funding announcement was made in December 2012, by Congresswoman Doris Matsui.

The South Line Light Rail Expansion project will extend the Blue Line 4.3 miles south to Cosumnes River College, connecting downtown and North Sacramento to South Sacramento. Construction could start early this year and is set to be complete by September 2015. It’s slated to cost $270 million.

According to the Sacramento Bee, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will be joined by Matsui Monday at 10 a.m. at the entrance to the college. 

"Much work has gone into getting us to this point and I am pleased that FTA has finalized the FFGA for the South Line Light Rail Expansion project," Matsui stated in a press release. "As Sacramento and Cosumnes River College continue to grow, this expansion will improve our transportation infrastructure, linking one of the fastest-growing parts of Sacramento County to light rail services. This is an example of how federal and local governments can work together to improve the lives of thousands of Sacramento residents."

According to a press release from December 2012:

"Several projects associated with the South Line Light Rail Expansion have already been approved and construction has begun. A year ago, construction began on a five-story parking structure at the Cosumnes River College Station, which will provide over 2,000 parking spaces, solar panels on the roof, and electric vehicle charging stations. It is expected to be completed in spring 2013.

Also under construction are two aerial structures, one over the Union Pacific railroad tracks at the confluence of Union House and Morrison Creeks. The other aerial crossing will occur at the Bruceville Road and Cosumnes River Boulevard intersection, near Cosumnes River College. The aerial crossings are estimated to be complete by April, 2014." 

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