The city of Arcadia was Friday awarded $413,118 to support transit operating, administrative and preventive maintenance expenses during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration.

The city, along with the Riverside County Transportation Transportation Commission, are the California recipients of the latest round of transportation relief assistance under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, & Economic Security Act signed into law by President Donald Trump in March.

“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,” Federal Transit Administration Deputy Administrator Jane Williams said. “These federal funds will support … essential travel and supporting transit workers who are unable to work because of the public health emergency.”

According to Williams, $25 billion of the $2 trillion CARES revenue is dedicated to transportation. The money can be used to purchase personal protective equipment, fund reconfiguration of public conveyances and cover costs associated with promoting public transit, officials said.

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