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 Joplin a $3.2 million grant to
help cover transit service operating costs related to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Public transit has been vital for people to continue
getting to work, grocery stores, and pharmacies during the coronavirus
pandemic,” said Blunt. “Communities across the state are having to focus
limited resources toward the coronavirus response while facing lost revenue in
several areas, including transit services. This grant will provide funding to
help cover costs and keep employees and passengers safe. Ensuring public
transit continues to be a safe, reliable option for people is an important part
of the reopening process.”
According to the FTA, the funding announced today will go
toward the purchase of personal protective equipment, operator salaries, fuel,
and other needs. The grant is 100% federally-funded with no local match.
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.