NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns a preliminary rating of BBB- for the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority’s (SBCTA) Toll Revenue Second Lien Obligation, 2021 TIFIA Series. The loan constitutes federal project credit assistance under the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act for the I-10 Corridor Contract 1 Project (the Project). The Outlook is Stable.
The Project consists of the design-build, operations, and maintenance of improvements to approximately 10 miles of the I-10 corridor, in particular the construction of one to two tolled express lanes in each direction from the Los Angeles County line eastward to the I-15/I-10 interchange. The Project traverses the cities of Montclair, Upland, and Ontario. The Project is expected to reduce congestion for motorists using I-10, a critical link to and from Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, and Orange County.
KBRA analyzed the transaction using the Global Project Finance Methodology published on January 19, 2021. KBRA will review the final operative agreements and legal opinions for the transaction prior to closing.
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