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2/2/2022



Rail News: Passenger Rail

USDOT awards Metra pandemic-recovery grant


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Metra will receive $513.6 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) in an American Rescue Plan (ARP) grant, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced yesterday.

The Chicago-area commuter railroad employs about 2,600 people and serves 8.6 million residents. ARP grants are provided to transit agencies to help maintain service and keep workers on payroll as the country continues to recover from COVID-19. More than $30 billion in federal funding was made available through the American Rescue Plan Act, signed into law by President Joe Biden in March 2021.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded more than $57.6 billion in pandemic-related funding to transit agencies to date.

"Helping keep Metra and other commuter railroads on track while ridership recovers is of critical importance to the communities that are connected by the rails that Metra travels," said FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez in a press release.



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