Kaptur Announces Nearly $19 Million in Federal Funds to Support the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) During Coronavirus Pandemic
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur announced $18,870,900 for the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) as a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, passed last month by Congress. Included in the legislation was $25 billion to support transit agencies and their workers. Transit agencies across the U.S. have all seen a dramatic drop in revenues as social distancing has been implemented nationally. This funding will be used to protect the jobs of the employees of the transit agency and fund their paychecks during this public health emergency. Ohio will ultimately receive $474,118,324 under this program. The Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) serves Southeast Michigan, Lucas, and Wood Counties.
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has specifically directed agencies that they can use these dollars for emergency protective measures to eliminate or lessen threats to public health and safety, such as performing enhanced cleaning/sanitizing of rolling stock, stations, bus shelters, etc.; placing hand sanitizer dispensers in high traffic areas; and providing personal protective equipment as appropriate.
“At a time when ridership is down but the health risks for workers have increased, these funds offer a critical bridge for TARTA to keep our community connected while prioritizing public health,” said Rep. Kaptur. “We owe a deep debt of gratitude to TARTA employees who are still on the job despite the risks to their own safety. I will continue to fight tooth and nail in Congress to make sure our communities in Northern Ohio receive their fair share as our country faces its greatest public health and economic threat in over a century.”
“TARTA is very grateful for the leadership and hard work of our Congressional delegation in Washington, D.C.,” said TARTA General Manager Kim Dunham. “The swift passage of the CARES ACT and its immediate availability to transit systems is unprecedented. These funds will be used to cover COVID related operating expenses including lost revenue, PPE equipment and other supplies to protect our team, administrative leave for staff and cleaning service contractors. Mass transit is defined as a critical infrastructure sector by the Department of Homeland Security and I commend our brave men and women on the front lines providing service to the most vulnerable residents and essential workers in our community. Many thanks to Representative Kaptur and the entire Ohio delegation for getting this legislation passed swiftly to assist transit systems during this difficult time.”