Fed­eral of­fi­cials OK loan to fund rail line

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

U.S. Sec­re­tary of Trans­porta­tion Ray LaHood’s of­fice said Fri­day he’s ap­proved a $120 mil­lion loan to fund con­struc­tion of new light rail lead­ing to Dal­las-Fort Worth In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

LaHood’s of­fice said in a state­ment that the loan will ad­vance con­struc­tion on Dal­las Area Rapid Tran­sit’s Or­ange Line ex­pan­sion. The ex­ten­sion is slated to con­nect down­town Dal­las and the air­port.

The fed­eral loan is ex­pected to be used to fund con­struc­tion of about five miles on the Or­ange Line. The money comes from the Trans­porta­tion In­fra­struc­ture Fi­nance and In­no­va­tion Act.

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