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Sequestration Shouldn’t Delay Southwest LRT

Federal New Starts funding is still a couple years away.

The Southwest Light Rail Transit project shouldn’t face any immediate setbacks if cuts from the looming sequestration take effect.

The federal New Starts grants program, which helps fund transit expansion and will pay for some of the Southwest project, would be cut by 6 percent in the event of sequestration, according to Streetsblog.

However, the Southwest LRT Project has not yet received federal funding, said Laura Baenen, the project’s communications manager. It continues advancing toward that goal in the next couple years.

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