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Millions in federal grant money for Colorado Springs Public Transportation System

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COLORADO SPRINGS — On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced $21.5 million to help public transportation systems in Colorado Springs respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

These federal funds are a part of the $25 billion to help the nation’s public transportation systems respond to COVID-19.

“This historic $25 billion in grant funding will ensure our nation’s public transportation systems can continue to provide services to the millions of Americans who depend on them,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

·        This money was made available when the President signed the C.A.R.E.S. Act on Friday. The President’s efforts are providing unprecedented and immediate relief to American families, workers, and businesses.

·        The CARES Act provides immediate help for the public transportation industry, which has been hit especially hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

·        The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration will administer the $25 billion to the public transportation industry to help them get through this challenging time.

·        Public transportation systems provide critical transportation to first responders, health care workers, and people who need access to health care.

·        These funds will be available to support capital, operating and other expenses including fair box recovery, overtime for employees, and expenses like extra hand sanitizer for workers and the traveling public. Also, if a transit operator is put on administrative leave due to reductions in service or has to self-quarantine, funding will be available to cover the worker’s salary.

The press release on Thursday’s announcement is below.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $25 Billion to Help Nation’s Public Transportation Systems Respond to COVID-19

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced a total of $25 billion in Federal funding allocations [transit.dot.gov] to help the Nation’s public transportation systems respond to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Funding is provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed by President Donald J. Trump on March 27, 2020.

“This historic $25 billion in grant funding will ensure our nation’s public transportation systems can continue to provide services to the millions of Americans who depend on them,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

FTA is allocating $25 billion to recipients of urbanized area and rural area formula funds [transit.dot.gov], with $22.7 billion allocated to large and small urban areas and $2.2 billion allocated to rural areas. Funding will be provided at a 100 percent Federal share, with no local match required, and will be available to support capital, operating, and other expenses generally eligible under those programs to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19.

Further, operating expenses incurred beginning on January 20, 2020 for all rural and urban recipients, even those in large urban areas, are also eligible, including operating expenses to maintain transit services as well as paying for administrative leave for transit personnel due