More than $1 million is going to the Riverside County Transportation Commission to support safety measures employed in response to the coronavirus pandemic, federal officials said Friday.
RCTC, which oversees infrastructure projects countywide, was one of two entities in California selected this month for another round of transportation relief assistance under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, & Economic Security Act signed into law by President Donald Trump in March.
Last month, RCTC received $6 million in CARES money, and the latest disbursal will be $1.3 million, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
“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.
Money distributed to RCTC and other entities 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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