The Federal Transit Administration on Friday announced a $49.3 million grant for the Maryland Transit Administration.
The grant is part of funding under the federal coronavirus relief bill signed in March. It’s in addition to the $392 million in CARES Act funding the agency got in July. The money will go to support transit operations.
The agency recently announced a slew of service cuts to local bus, commuter bus and MARC Train lines set to take effect next year.
“This historic $25 billion in grant funding will ensure our nation’s public transportation systems can continue to provide services to the millions of Americans who continue to depend on them,”
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao said in a statement.
The FTA also issued a safety advisory prompting transit agencies to develop and implement policies on face coverings, disinfection, physical separation and hand hygiene. Face coverings are required while riding MTA services. Vehicles and high-touch surfaces at stations are disinfected daily.
“We know many of our nation’s public transportation systems are facing extraordinary challenges and these funds will go a long way to assisting our transit industry partners in battling COVID-19,”
said FTA Deputy Administrator K. Jane Williams.
“These federal funds will support operating assistance to transit agencies of all sizes providing essential travel and supporting transit workers across the country who are unable to work because of the public health emergency.”