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Streetcar Project Refining Routes, Hoping for $37.5 Million in Federal Funds

By Eric Richardson
Published: Tuesday, October 25, 2011, at 02:37PM
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A rendering of the proposed L.A. Streetcar is shown next to a map of the proposed alignments to be advanced for study.

As the effort to bring a streetcar back to Downtown Los Angeles gets closer to finalizing plans for its first alignment, backers are once again hoping to get the federal government to commit to pay a major chunk of the roughly $125 million price tag.

A request going before the City Council's transportation committee on Wednesday asks for permission to seek $37.5 million from the Federal Transit Administration's TIGER grant program, an amount that would be leveraged against $11 million in city funds and $50 to $60 million from property owners.

The project has tried unsuccessfully to get federal funding before, but is now much closer to completing its required environmental process.

Next week, the team working on that part of the project will hold a community meeting to provide an update on the routes first presented to the public in May and last updated at an August meeting.

While the project continues to focus its attention on three key points—the Convention Center / L.A. Live area, Broadway and Bunker Hill—the current round of updates introduces two new wrinkles: a leg that would run along 7th Street and an elevated bridge up Grand Avenue.

Under the 7th Street alternative, the line would have its southernmost point at 11th Street, traveling north on Figueroa all the way to 7th before turning east and heading toward Hill Street. 24 blocks would be encompassed inside the line's southern loop.

The Grand Avenue incline would attempt to bypass the 14 percent grade between 5th and 4th by starting the streetcar's more gradual climb back at 6th Street.

The update meeting will take place at 5:30pm on Thursday, November 3, at the Caltrans Building (100 S. Main).

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