February 14, 2018-The Federal Transit Administration has issued a report laying out the budget proposal for fiscal year 2019. The proposal states, “The FY 2019 proposal limits funding for the CIG Program to projects with existing full funding
grant agreements.” That means that, if the proposal is adopted by Congress, no federal funding would be available for the Visclosky/Slager West Lake Corridor extension of the 100+ year old South Shore Commuter Rail. Congressman Visclosky has repeatedly stated that a 50% federal match is necessary to fund the extension. Under existing law, that match would come from the FTA Capital Improvement Grants Program (CIG).
The Gazette previously reported that the 2018 proposed budget includes no funding for the West Lake Extension. All budget proposals must be approved by Congress. Congressman Visclosky is the ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee and has stated he would fight to include both CIG and TIGER grant programs in the budget.