Arlington streetcar won't get federal funds

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Officials in Arlington and Fairfax counties have learned the long-planned Columbia Pike streetcar line will not receive federal funding next year.

The Washington Post reports the Federal Transit Administration did not list the $250 million project on its 2014 Small Starts funding list Friday. There was no explanation for why it was left off.

Federal budget cuts may be the culprit. None of the projects being funded are receiving federal funds for the first time. They include the light-rail Purple Line in suburban Maryland and a light-rail line in Baltimore.

Arlington officials had hoped for as much as $75 million in federal funding for the project. County Board Chairman Walter Tejada says the project will move forward.

The streetcar would run from Fairfax County's Skyline area to Pentagon City.