|A visualization of the what the Central City Line
could look like.
Spokane is one step closer to seeing a Central City Line, according to KXLY News. The Federal Transit Administration approved the project, commonly known as the downtown trolley, for development, which means that they recognize the project as a viable candidate for federal grants.
This means that any local and state funds associated with the project can be counted as a local match for federal grants. This increases the project’s competitiveness for federal funding.
STA says that if they get a federal grant, almost all of the capital costs of the program will be covered by state and federal money while local funds would cover the operating costs.
A steering committee has been created to shape the project to submit for the grant.