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$75-million federal grant to help fund Metrolink expansion to Perris

Public TransportationHighway and Road TransportationCommutingMetrolinkAnthony FoxxU.S. Department of Transportation

Federal officials announced a $75-million grant Monday to help pay for a 24-mile extension of Metrolink to the Riverside County city of Perris.

The extension of the Metrolink 91 commuter rail line is expected to draw 4,300 riders daily, according to a statement from the Federal Transit Administration. The expansion — expected to be completed by the end of 2015 — will include four new stops, including Moreno Valley, Perris and South Perris. Officials believe it will reduce traffic on the 215 freeway.

Extending the line is projected to cost $248 million, with about $63 million coming from the U.S. Department of Transportation in addition to the grant. The rest of the funds will come from state and locals sources.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement that the project was one of several investments nationwide aimed at reducing congestion and improving mobility for commuters.

"Bringing more good transportation options to residents in Southern California is vitally important to improving the quality of life in one of the state's most congested corridors," Foxx said.

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