Tram project in Orange County receives FTA funding

The U.S. Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded USD 149 million funding for Orange County tramway project in California, that will be provided through FTA’s Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program. The OC Streetcar project is estimated to cost USD 299 million.
The OC Streetcar project is a 6.6-km tram line will run from the Santa Ana Regional Transport Center to a new transit stop on Harbor Boulevard in Garden Grove, serving more than 7,000 daily riders. It will connect major activity centers and other transport services in downtown Santa Ana.
Expected to begin operations in 2021, the OC Streetcar will link the bustling Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center (SARTC), which provides regional rail, OCTA bus, and intercity and international bus services, to a new multimodal hub at Harbor Boulevard/Westminster Avenue in Garden Grove. Along the way, OC Streetcar will connect directly with 18 OCTA bus routes.
This year, the Orange County Transportation Authority awarded Siemens Industry a USD 51.5 million contract for the supply of 8 low-floor light rail for the project.
The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) has awarded a $51.5 million contract to Siemens Industry for eight S70 low-floor light rail vehicles for the OC Streetcar project, construction of which is expected to begin later this year.

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