Los Angeles-area rail project lands $1 billion federal grant  

January 10, 2024

The Federal Transportation Agency (FTA) will cover half the cost of a $2 billion automated, elevated, fixed-guideway people mover in the city of Inglewood, California. The $1 billion comes from the Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program, an initiative that supports rail, streetcar and bus rapid transit projects.

The 1.6-mile Inglewood Transit Connector (ITC) will address a “first/last” mile transportation gap between the Metro K Line and Inglewood’s major employment and destination centers. The ITC will provide service every 6 minutes between 5 a.m. and midnight seven days a week.

The line will have three stations and shuttle up to 11,000 riders hourly. The ITC is projected to have a ridership of 4,300 daily linked trips and 2.1 million annual linked trips by 2040, according to a U.S. Department of Transportation project summary. In addition to building the guideway and stations, the city will buy 24 vehicles.

Last year, the FTA gave the project a positive rating following a review of its costs, ridership potential and community support. The agency approved the engineering phase in October, which is the second-to-last step in the evaluation process.

The ITC Joint Powers Authority (JPA), a partnership between Inglewood and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, will own, manage and oversee the project. To date, the city has secured $873 million in local, state and federal funds for the project, according to a release.

Strategic Partnerships, Inc. can provide information on contract opportunities, plus existing and future government funding. For more information, contact research@spartnerships.com.

Photo courtesy of the city of Inglewood

Paul Stinson

Paul Stinson has more than 15 years of journalism experience, including a decade covering the legislative and regulatory affairs of Texas, South Africa, and Germany for an affiliate of Bloomberg, L.P. His experience includes covering voting rights and the sectors of environment, energy, labor, healthcare, and taxes. Stinson joined the team in October as a reporter for SPI’s news publications, which include Government Contracting Pipeline, Texas Government Insider, and the newly-launched Government Market News. He is also a Fulbright Scholar to Germany, and an Arthur F. Burns Fellow. He holds a master’s in journalism from Indiana University.   

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