This month, the Orange Line BRT project submitted its final Small Starts Grant Agreement (SSGA) application to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). This application is the official request for the federal portion of the funding for the project.
Metro Transit is seeking $74.1 million from the FTA. The grant is the only outstanding piece of the $150.7 million project budget; all other funding is already secured. This funding would allow Orange Line to start construction on the Knox Avenue Transitway in the spring of 2019, with station construction occurring in Richfield, Bloomington and Burnsville in 2020.