The board of directors of the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) has approved seeking a federal full funding grant agreement for $148.9 million from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) that would cover almost half of the overall cost to build the OC Streetcar. The streetcar will serve Santa Ana and Garden Grove in California.
The project has an expected cost of approximately $299.3 million. Other funding will come from state cap-and-trade funds, other federal funds and from Measure M, the county’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements.
In January of this year, the FTA reviewed the project and granted permission for it to enter the engineering phase. Design is now 90 percent complete and a contract to construct the OC Streetcar is expected to be awarded this winter.
OCTA is scheduled to submit the final documents supporting the full funding grant agreement application to the FTA by late May. Following FTA review and approval and a 30-day Congressional review, the agreement is expected to be finalized by early December.
Construction on the OC Streetcar is expected to begin in 2018.The start of testing and operations are planned for 2020.
The OC Streetcar will operate on a 4.1 miles from the Santa Ana train station to Harbor Boulevard in Garden Grove. The route will also connect with 18 bus routes and Metrolink commuter rail.