FTA Acting Administrator Therese McMillan Travels to Vancouver to Award $38.5 Million Bus Rapid Transit Grant to C-TRAN
VANCOUVER - Federal Transit Acting Administrator Therese McMillan will travel from Washington D.C. to Vancouver, Washington to officially announce C-TRAN's $38.5 million federal grant award for the region's first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Line, The Vine.
A ceremony will take place on Thursday, September 10 at noon at Clark Community College in room 161 of the Penguin Union Building and feature speakers, including Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt and Clark College President Bob Knight. "C-TRAN is very pleased that after more than four years in the making, all of the project funding is now in place and construction on The Vine is about to begin", said Jeff Hamm, C-TRAN Executive Director/CEO. "Thanks to the FTA and our congressional delegation's continued support, federal funding will cover a full 80 percent of the construction cost."
The Vine will implement a modern, enhanced transit line along the Fourth Plain and Fort Vancouver Way corridors between downtown Vancouver and Westfield Vancouver Mall. It will provide a unique identity with 34 stations that will offer passengers a safe, secure and reliable transit experience. The buses will be new 60-foot low-floor hybrids with almost twice the passenger capacity of existing buses and will provide level boarding for all passengers. The Vine will operate on 10-minute frequencies much of the day (15 minutes in off-peak periods and on weekends), and include wheelchair self-parking areas, as well as on-board bike racks. Travel time is projected to be reduced by up to 10 minutes each way.
Construction is set to begin, and the grant award means the project can move forward toward completion and service in late 2016.
To learn more about The Vine, visit the project website at www.c-tran.com/thevine.