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U.S. Transportation Secretary Chao Announces Nearly $100M to Improve Transit in South Florida

MIAMI, FL — The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces a $99.9-million grant to the Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) for the South Corridor Rapid Transit Project in Miami-Dade County, Florida. The project will provide faster, more reliable transit service from Florida City and other South Dade communities to Dadeland and connections to the Miami Central Business District.

"This nearly $100-million federal investment will provide South Florida residents increased access to jobs, health care, educational opportunities, and other vital services," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

The Miami-Dade County project is a 20-mile Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line to be constructed by DTPW along the existing South Dade busway from the Dadeland South Metrorail Station to SW 344th Street in Florida City. The total cost of the project is $299.9 million with $99.9 million in funding provided through FTA’s Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program.

"FTA is proud to join our partners in Florida to improve public transportation in Miami," said FTA Deputy Administrator K. Jane Williams. "The South Corridor Rapid Transit project will provide fast and efficient service, improving mobility and travel times in this busy corridor."

"This federal investment is an economic boost for Miami-Dade County as the project will create jobs and help communities recover from the COVID-19 public health emergency," Williams said.

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Funding for the South Dade Corridor project is provided through FTA's CIG Program, which provides funding for major transit infrastructure projects nationwide. Projects accepted into the program must go through a multi-year, multi-step process according to requirements in law to be eligible for consideration to receive program funds.

FTA has advanced funding for 39 new CIG projects throughout the nation under this administration since January 20, 2017, totaling approximately $9.7 billion in funding commitments. With this grant announcement, the administration has executed 25 CIG funding agreements totaling $5.9 billion in CIG funding.

FTA provides financial and technical assistance to local public transit systems, including buses, subways, light rail, commuter rail, trolleys, and ferries. FTA also oversees safety measures and helps develop next-generation technology research.

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