Pandemic Aid Available for Public Transit

The $30.5 billion in COVID-19 relief to public transit systems that was earmarked in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is now available, the Federal Transit Administration said on Monday.

The funding includes $26.6 billion to be distributed by statutory formulas to urban and rural areas, to tribal governments, and for the enhanced mobility of seniors and individuals with disabilities.

Another $2.2 billion is available for FTA grant recipients in communities that demonstrate additional pandemic-associated needs.

FTA said the funding is available at the 100 percent federal share and primarily directed to operations and payroll.

The program makes $1.7 billion available for projects in the Capital Investment Grants Program and $25 million for competitive planning grants.

The transit agency will hold a webinar on April 2 to provide more information about the grants.

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