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The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on Jan. 11 announced $14 billion in federal funding allocations to support public transportation, including rail systems, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Funding is provided through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 (CRRSAA), which President Donald Trump signed on Dec 27, 2020.
FTA is allocating $14 billion to recipients of urbanized area and rural area formula funds, with $13.27 billion allocated to large and small urban areas, $678.2 million allocated to rural areas and tribes, and $50 million allocated for the enhanced mobility of seniors and individuals with disabilities, FTA officials said in a press release.
The supplemental funding will help transit service remain available for riders traveling to jobs, health care and other essential services, FTA officials said. CRRSAA directs recipients to prioritize payroll and operational needs.
FTA announced $25 billion in relief funding under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in April 2020.