Matsui, SacRT, Announce $100 Million Grant to Fund Sacramento Public Transit
SACRAMENTO, CA, July 13, 2020 | George Hatamiya (916-201-5412)
SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Sacramento Regional Transit (SacRT) announced a $100 million Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant to support their work in Sacramento during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As our economy recovers and adjusts to the challenges of this continuing pandemic, public transit is crucial to keeping us moving in the right direction,” said Congresswoman Matsui. “For many in our community, public transit is their primary mode of transportation. That's why I called for increased public transit funding support in the CARES Act. SacRT has long been a community pillar for driving economic growth and equity throughout the region, and I am thrilled that these funds will enable them to continue to safely serve their riders and dedicated employees through this crisis. I thank Henry Li and SacRT for ensuring the safety and efficiency of Sacramento’s public transit in these uncertain times.”
“Public transit is a lifeline for millions of Americans and the CARES Act delivered critical funding at a critical time. These funds allowed SacRT to continue to provide essential public transit service to our riders when they needed it most,” said Henry Li, GM/CEO of Sacramento Regional Transit. “I would like to thank Congresswoman Matsui for her extraordinary leadership in crafting this much needed relief package and for her commitment to ensuring that Sacramentans have access to critical destinations through innovative and affordable bus and light rail service.”
This grant is part of the funding allotted by the CARES Act, which included $25 billion to support public transit services. This funding will support SacRT’s public transportation services throughout the Sacramento region, and will help cover operating expenses, preventive maintenance of bus and rail assets, ADA and paratransit services, and assistance for subrecipient El Dorado Transit in El Dorado County.
Congresswoman Matsui is a long-time champion of SacRT and public transit and called for strong public transit funding in the CARES ACT. In total, SacRT was awarded $100,091,546.
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