Aug 31, 2011 2:21 PM by AP Posted by James H Egbert

Transportation chief announces Denver rail funding

DENVER (AP) - Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is in Colorado to announce a funding award of $1.03 billion for two planned light rail lines in Denver.

The announcement is scheduled Wednesday in the northwest suburb of Arvada.

One of the new lines will link downtown to Denver International Airport. The other will link downtown to Arvada and Wheat Ridge, another northwest suburb.

The federal award is the last piece of funding needed for the $2.1 billion Eagle P3 project, which includes both light rail lines and is part of the multibillion-dollar FasTracks program to expand
transit in the Denver area.

Among those attending the announcement Wednesday are Peter Rogoff, head of the Federal Transit Administration, along with Gov. John Hickenlooper and Reps. Diana DeGette and Ed Perlmutter.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)



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