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Sixteen major transit projects at risk under the Trump budget

As reported last week, the Trump Administration’s proposed federal budget recommends cutting the Federal Transit Administration’s New Starts program. Only projects with already signed final agreements would be allowed to proceed.  Otherwise, the budget shifts funding to “the localities that use and benefit from these localized projects.”

The Washington Post identified 16 major projects that would have to seek new funding sources if New Starts funding is eliminated:

Localities are understandably concerned.  “Without federal funds, that project would not be able to move forward,” said Mike Charbonneau, communications director for GoTriangle, speaking about the Durham-Chapel Hill light rail project, which is seeking a federal investment of more than $1 billion.

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority spokeswoman Linh Hoang tried to find the silver lining.   “We have been working with the federal government for many years,” Hoang said in reference to the project to extend Bay Area Rapid Transit into San Jose and Santa Clara. “We’re going to wait and see what the members of the House and Senate will do as they pass budget resolutions, mark up appropriations bills, vote on those bills, and reconcile differences.” Link to full story in The Washington Post.

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