Davis Urges State to Expeditiously and Fairly Distribute Mass Transit Funds
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today urged Governor JB Pritzker to expeditiously and fairly distribute Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to downstate mass transit districts. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced today that the State of Illinois would receive a total of $1,623,200,130 to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus.
"The mass transit districts in my district are struggling financially due to decreased ridership as citizens abide by the Governor's stay-at-home order," said Davis. "It is critical that the funding we passed in Congress get out to our transit districts as soon as possible so they can continue operating safely for essential workers who rely on them. We have reached out to the Governor's office and are hopeful that this funding will be fairly distributed."
Background from the FTA:
The funding amount for each individual transit provider is a local decision. By law, state governors, generally through the state Department of Transportation, distribute FTA formula funds among recipients in rural and small urban areas. For large urban areas, governors select a Designated Recipient. The Designated Recipient then allocates funds within the Urbanized Area to specific transit agencies that then apply for and receive grants from FTA. This is a normal part of FTA grant processes, so states and localities will follow a familiar process for making these decisions. Funds are apportioned directly to Tribes for the Tribal Transit Formula Grants Program.
Funding will be provided at a 100 percent federal share, with no local match required, and will be available to support operating, capital and other expenses incurred beginning January 20, 2020. Operating expenses are eligible for all urban, rural and Tribal recipients, even those in large urban areas, and includes operating expenses to maintain transit services as well as paying for administrative leave for transit personnel due to reduced operations during the emergency are eligible.