Matsui, Yolo County Transportation District, Announce $11 Million in Local Transportation Funding

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) and the Yolo County Transportation District (YCTD) announced $11 million in funding to support Yolobus transit services and their network of routes throughout the region.

“Local transit systems are the beating heart of our economy and it is essential that we give them the resources to continue to operate safely and efficiently through this pandemic,” said Congresswoman Matsui. “For communities across the region, public transit is an essential lifeline to get people to their jobs and other critical destinations. I am glad that this funding will be able to help the Yolo County Transportation District continue to serve their riders and employees through this crisis.”

“The Yolo County Transportation District is grateful for this opportunity to use these funds to maximize the safety of the riding public and employees, while responding to changes in ridership demand both now and in the future,” said YCTD Executive Director Terry Bassett. “These funds will allow YCTD to backfill huge financial holes, enable employees to continue to have commute access to their employers, allow for continued use of services by youth, and provide critical transportation options for essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is critical to reassess and re-invent transportation services in response to local and inter-city changes in demand, and YCTD is working to keep drivers and other essential personnel employed and available as service is re-invented and implemented.”

“Like every other transit provider, the impacts from COVID-19 on YCTD transit have been devastating to our ridership and financial stability,” said West Sacramento City Councilman and YCTD Board Member Chris Ledesma. “Congresswoman Matsui knows how important transit and mobility are to West Sacramento residents and businesses, and thanks to her leadership for helping bring CARES Act funding to our district and stabilize our budgets as we adjust to the new normal.”

This grant is part of the funding allotted by the CARES Act, which included $25 billion to support public transit services. YCTD will use the funds to support operating expenses in the YCTD/Yolobus service area, which covers 109 square miles, including West Sacramento and portions of the Sacramento urbanized area.

YCTD is being awarded $11,009,254 in total of Section 5307 Urbanized Area Formula funds.

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