CARES Act allocates $4.5 million to RTA

By Josh Ellerbrock -

LIMA — The Allen County Regional Transit Authority is set to receive a $4.5 million grant apportioned through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security, or CARES, Act passed by the federal government late last month, according to a Federal Transit Administration press release sent out Friday.

“We know that many of our nation’s public transportation systems are facing extraordinary challenges and these funds will go a long way to assisting our transit industry partners in battling COVID-19,” FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams said. “These federal funds will support operating assistance to transit agencies of all sizes providing essential travel and supporting transit workers across the country who are unable to work because of the public health emergency.”

The CARES Act allocated a total of $25 billion to public transportation systems across the nation, with the majority allocated to large and small urban areas. No local match has been required for the funds.

Under the law, funds can largely be used for general operational expenses occur on or after Jan. 20, as well as administrative leave payments to employees.

Other nearby transit authorities slated to receive funds include Toledo, which was allocated $17.8 million, Columbus, which was granted $53 million, and Dayton, which received $123 million.

In total, nine Ohio transit authorities serving populations under 200,000 people were handed at least $28 million in federal grants through the additional CARES Act funding.

ACRTA officials could not be reached for comment by press time.

“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 continue to depend on them,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao stated in a press release.

By Josh Ellerbrock

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