Orange County’s planned streetcar project has received a $28 million state grant, officials said.

The majority of the grant will be used for construction of the OC Streetcar project.

“I appreciate that the state recognizes the importance of the OC Streetcar and this funding moves the project one step closer to fruition,” said Orange County Transportation Authority Chair Lori Donchak Tuesday.

The streetcar will carry riders along a 4.1-mile track from the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center to a multimodal transit hub at Harbor Boulevard and Westminster Avenue in Garden Grove.

OCTA has taken the lead in development of the $297.9-million project, which has also received funding from OCTA and the federal government.

President Barack Obama included $125 million in his proposed budget in February for the project, which has received additional funding in House and Senate spending bills.

Officials hope to begin construction in 2018 with the streetcars rolling along the tracks by 2020.

–City News Service

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