The city of McKinney was awarded a federal grant of $8,844,174 to help transit providers continue to operate throughout the coronavirus outbreak.
The funding, which was appropriated by Congress in March as part of the CARES Act, comes through the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
The grant will support operating, administrative, and preventive maintenance costs for the Collin County Transit System to continue micro-transit and on-demand transit services in order to respond to and recover from the COVID-19 public health emergency.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) allocated $25 billion to recipients of urbanized area and rural area formula funds, with $22.7 billion allocated to large and small urban areas and $2.2 billion allocated to rural areas. Funding will be provided at a 100 percent federal share, with no local match required, and will be available to support capital, operating, and other expenses generally eligible under those programs to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19.
"We know that 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 Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams. "These federal funds will support operating assistance to transit agencies, including those in large urban areas as well as pay transit workers across the country not working because of the public health emergency."