The decision was affirmed in a 5-to-1 vote. It comes less than two weeks after the Eugene City Council gave its approval.
The proposal is now in the hands of the Federal Transit Administration, which is evaluating public comment.
“Our project is ranked very well and the government has said they would fund it. If we said no to the money, it would go to another community,” said LTD spokesman Andy Vobora.
LTD says based on the way the project is timing out now, west Eugene EmX service could begin in 2017.