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Blunt: City of St. Joseph Receives $4.4 Million Transit Services Grant

April 17, 2020

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.

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