The US DOT announces federal grants for several transit agencies.
UNITED STATES DOT
As the Omicron variant of COVID-19 continues to spread across the United States and hold much of the world in its grip, the US Department of Transportation has announced additional US bailout grants to help transportation agencies in common to continue to fight against the impacts of COVID.
As the Omicron variant of COVID-19 continues to spread across the United States and hold much of the world in its grip, the US Department of Transportation has announced additional US bailout grants to help transportation agencies in common to continue to fight against the impacts of COVID. The funds are specifically intended to help transit agencies maintain service and keep workers on payroll as communities continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The awards came at a crucial time as agencies across the country face the challenge of the new variant.
RT&S reported that Secretary Buttigieg announced a $1.24 billion grant to the Los Angeles Metro. Further grant announcements have been made since the publication of this report. Specifically:
- $6.2 billion to the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA);
- $1.6 billion to NJ TRANSIT;
- $332.5 million to the Connecticut Department of Transportation
To date, FTA has awarded over $56 billion in COVID relief funding to transit agencies nationwide. As part of the US bailout, other recent awards include a $395.6 million grant to King County Metro in King County, Washington, a $285.7 million grant to Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority in Atlanta, Georgia, and a $6.2 million grant to the City of Ames, Iowa.
“Public transportation has helped people get to jobs in hospitals, grocery stores, ports and more throughout this pandemic,” said US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “This funding from President Biden’s U.S. bailout will help maintain transit service, protect transit workers from layoffs, and ensure people can get where they need to go.”
This funding is part of more than $30 billion for public transportation in the American Rescue Plan Act that was signed into law by President Biden last March. Funding comes from the $26.6 billion allocated through statutory formulas for urban and rural areas, tribal governments, and increased mobility for seniors and people with disabilities. The law also included $2.2 billion for additional pandemic-related transit needs, which will be awarded later this year. No local share is required for this financing.
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