Metro gets federal ‘guarantee’ for key funding for Purple Line extension to Westside

The agency is still waiting on a full grant agreement for $1.3 billion Metro’s efforts to complete its long-anticipated Purple Line subway extension to the Westside got a significant boost Thursday, when the Federal Transit Administration gave the agency a key document required to move forward with the project’s final phase. CEO Phil Washington announced at a committee meeting last week that federal officials had agreed to issue a letter of no prejudice for construction of stations, testing, and track work on the last 2.6 miles of the rail extension. The contract for that work is worth $3.6 billion, and Metro has applied for $1.3 billion in federal funding

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