Davis Announces CARES Act Funding for Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today announced that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded CARES Act funding to the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District in the amount of $12,144,666. Congressman Davis voted for the CARES Act and President Trump signed it into law in March. MTD will use the grant funds to continue critical bus operations.
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 Champaign-Urbana MTD can continue operations in a safe manner. This is yet another example of the federal government supporting local government during this crisis."
"The CARES Act funds that MTD is receiving are a lifeline both for the transit district and the community. It will help to keep nearly 375 residents employed and keep a critical mobility option available for those that need it," said Karl Gnadt, Managing Director, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District.
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.