WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy
Blunt (Mo.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on
Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD),
announced that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded the City of St.
Joseph a $4.4 million grant to help cover transit service operating costs
related to the coronavirus pandemic.
“The coronavirus pandemic has severely impacted
local transit services, leaving them with huge operating losses at a time when
local budgets are already stretched thin,” said Blunt. “This funding will help
provide some emergency support to keep drivers and transit employees safe,
which is vital to making sure that other essential workers - like those in the
health care or food service industry - can rely on public transit to get to
work. I’ll continue working with the administration to help cities get the
resources they need to respond to the coronavirus.”
According to the FTA, the funding announced today will go toward the
purchase of personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies to help protect
transit system employees from the coronavirus. It will also be used to offset
fuel, payroll, and administrative leave costs.
The Blunt-backed CARES Act included $25 billion in
Transit Infrastructure Grants to help transit providers, including states and
local governments across the nation, cover operating and capital expenses.