The Federal Transit Administration Thursday announced $40.2 million in grant awards to Santa Monica and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
The cities will use the grant funds to support transit operating, administrative and preventive maintenance expenses during the COVID-19 pandemic, the FTA stated.
“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,” FTA Deputy Administrator K. Jane Williams said. “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.”
Santa Monica will receive about $24.4 million to support its Big Blue Bus service that serves the city and the Westside of Los Angeles. The Big Blue Bus service area spans more than 58 square miles.
LADOT will receive about $15.8 million to support its DASH bus service in downtown and across the city, as well as the Commuter Express bus service for commuters traveling between downtown Los Angeles and surrounding communities.
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