OC Streetcar Rolls Ahead With Inclusion in Federal Budget

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Feb. 9, 2016

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OC Streetcar Rolls Ahead With Inclusion in Federal Budget
$125 million identified in President Obama’s 2016-17 budget for 4.1-mile Santa Ana/Garden Grove project

ORANGE – Plans for Orange County’s first modern streetcar got a major boost Tuesday when President Barack Obama included $125 million for the OC Streetcar in his budget for next fiscal year, signaling federal endorsement for the much-anticipated project. The inclusion of the OC Streetcar in the president’s budget puts the project into the federal funding pipeline on the path to receiving up to half of the project’s cost from federal funds. Within the next two years, the FTA will consider a full-funding grant agreement, which finalizes the total project funding amount from the New Starts program.