President Biden and U.S. Department of Transportation Announce $25 Million in Grant Awards from the American Rescue Plan to Help Transit Agencies Better Serve Their Communities
Fifty transit agencies across 24 states will share $25 million to help restore and improve service that has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the grant awards, which were funded by President Biden’s and will help provide Americans in communities across the country with better transit service including expanded routes, Bus Rapid Transit, and on-demand service.
Grants are provided through FTA’s Route Planning Restoration Program and will help transit agencies with planning projects to increase ridership and reduce travel times in response to changes in travel patterns that occurred during the pandemic. The program also supports local efforts to increase the quality or frequency of transit service for low-income riders and those in disadvantaged communities who may need more options to get to jobs, school and health care. Eligible recipients included any Urbanized Area Formula Grant recipient that had reduced transit service on or after January 20, 2020, due to COVID-19