U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced Wednesday that $1.24 billion has been granted to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
As COVID-19 cases rise, the funds will help transit agencies in the country to continue their services and keep employees on the payroll.
“Public transportation has helped people reach their jobs at hospitals, grocery stores, ports and more throughout this pandemic,”Buttigieg was in Long Beach to discuss progress on supply chain disruptions, and the backlog for container vessels.
“This funding from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan will help keep transit service running, protect transit employees from layoffs and ensure people can get where they need to go.”
Nuria Fernandez (Administrator Federal Transit Administration) stated that “As our nation’s transit systems recover from COVID-19, the American Rescue Plan funds ensure that they continue to provide service to the many Americans who depend on transit to get to essential jobs, healthcare and vaccine appointments.”
Metro employs approximately 11,000 people and has provided about 215,000,000 trips in 2020.
This funding is part the more than $30 billion in public transportation funds in the American Rescue Plan Act. Biden signed it into law in March.
FTA has already provided funding for transit agencies across the country in excess of $56 billion in COVID relief funds.