Doyle Announces $140 Million for Port Authority
Washington, DC – June 9, 2020 – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-18) announced that the Port Authority of Allegheny County is receiving a grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) totaling $141 million.
“Public transportation agencies have experienced an overwhelming loss of revenue and increase in operating costs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“When few folks were leaving home, public transportation agencies like the Port Authority of Allegheny County kept running and took on added safety measures to make sure frontline workers could continue to support our city.
“I believe it is incredibly important that our public transportation agencies are able to continue providing critical services, especially during our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“That’s why I strongly supported this funding for the Port Authority of Allegheny County and other transit agencies in the CARES Act. This funding will help the Port Authority to cover additional operating costs related to the pandemic and allow it to continue offering service throughout our region.”
This funding was provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Representative Doyle supported, and which became law earlier this year. This legislation provided $25 billion for public transit operations to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19.
These grant funds will pay for operating, administrative, and preventive maintenance costs in order to respond to and recover from the COVID-19 public health emergency. Expenses will include salaries and benefits for personnel performing enhanced cleaning and sanitizing of rolling stock and facilities like stations and bus shelters, placing hand sanitizer dispensers in high traffic areas, providing personal protective equipment (PPE), and other related activities.
Representative Doyle joined Members of Congress in the Pennsylvania delegation in urging the House and Senate Leadership to provide emergency supplemental funding for the nation’s public transportation systems in the CARES Act. This letter highlighted the importance of Pennsylvania’s public transportation agencies like the Port Authority in providing critical mobility and economic opportunity – and pointed to their recent financial burdens due to the broad economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Transportation agencies have seen significant declines in ridership and revenue, along with increased costs with the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE), other supplies needed to address the pandemic, and added labor costs to ensure their systems are cleaned daily and kept safe for passengers.