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San Diego region nets $1 billion grant for Mid-Coast Trolley extension

Rendering of the Mid Coast Trolley's Clairemont Drive station
Photo – Mid-Coast Trolley Extension website

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is scheduled today to announce a $1 billion grant to the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) to build the Mid-Coast Trolley Extension.

The full funding grant agreement is the "last critical step" before beginning construction of the area's newest trolley line, SANDAG officials said in an emailed announcement. The new line will extend service from San Diego's Old Town community to the University City area.

The largest public transit project in the region's history, the 11-mile Mid-Coast Trolley Extension will include nine stations. The project is estimated to cost $2.1 billion, with the regional "TransNet" half-cent sales tax covering half the cost and the federal government picking up the remainder.

SANDAG and the FTA today will hold a ceremony to formally announce the grant.

A map depicts the Mid-Coast Corridor Transit project
Source: Mid-Coast Corridor website

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