Davis Announces CARES Act Funding for Decatur Public Transit System
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today announced that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded CARES Act funding to the Decatur Public Transit System (DPTS) in the amount of $4,500,000. Congressman Davis voted for the CARES Act and President Trump signed it into law in March. DPTS will use the grant funds for transit operations and purchases to maintain system safety in order to respond to and recover from COVID-19.
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced previously that Illinois mass transit districts 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 a result of the coronavirus pandemic," said Davis. "This funding will ensure the Decatur Public Transit System can continue operations in a safe manner. This is yet another example of the federal government supporting local government during this crisis."
"Decatur Public Transit System will use the monies granted to us under the CARES Act to respond to Covid-19 and better protect our public transit system from future pandemics," said Jon Kindseth, Deputy City Manager, City of Decatur. "We have been providing our all of our DPTS employees and drivers with PPEs such as face coverings, KN95 masks, gloves and more. We will be installing protective barriers are our employees as appropriate as well. These resources will be invested in our buses and paratransit vehicles to include social distancing within our operations as to minimize community spread. The DPTS plays such a key role in keeping our local economic systems working, with over a million rides provided every year. During this emergency, the City has suspended all fare collections to reduce potential spread of Covid-19. Mayor Julie Moore-Wolfe and the City Council thank Congressman Rodney Davis’s office for their support with this application and that of the CARES Act."
Background from the FTA
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.