U.S. President Donald J. Trump announced by several Tweets on Thursday that more funding is being sent to ten additional transit systems across the US to increase mass transit options.
The additional funds are being disbursed under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act S.3548 that was introduced to Congress on March 19, 2020 and signed into law on March 27, 2020.
Less than two weeks ago, the President released $7 billion to shore up 7 transportation hubs systems throughout the U.S.
In total, another $765,540,000 was given out to 10 additional urban regions.
The point of it all seems to be the old adage “never let a good crisis go to waste,” but in a positive sense, where important updates are being made to improve transport infrastructure under the excuse that the shelter-at-home rules have destroyed their normal revenue generating capabilities.
In the long run, Americans will benefit from new subways, trains and highways.
Milwaukee is set to receive $40.9M to fund the East-West Bus Rapid transit project. This funding will bring modern transit to the area and is expected to spur millions in economic development.
The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) in Ogden, Utah is slated to receive $64.5M to build bus service between Weber State University and the McKay-Dee Hospital, an important service for the people of Utah.
Ogden, Utah, I am committing $64.5M to build bus service between Weber State University and McKay-Dee Hospital—very important services for Utahans! @RideUTA
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2020
The Port Authority in Pittsburgh, PA, will receive $99.95 million in funds to connect the two largest commercial employment centers in the area to provide safe and quick transit service.
In Oregon the MAX Red line system, part of the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TRIMET) is set to receive $99.99 million to reduce delays in the Portland area and connect people to important locations in the area.
Albany, NY, is set to receive $60.9 million in funding to create a brand new busy system for the busy transit corridor in their area. This means more help for the people of New York.
The South Shoreline System in Illinois is set to receive $100 million to connect people to jobs throughout the state and in the Chicago area, cutting down on traffic.
The State of Indiana is set to receive $77.5 million for a “game changing” transit project, providing fast and frequent service to the people of Indianapolis and Lawrence.
In Miami Dade County, FL they are slated to receive $100 million to connect the people in that fast growing region through “a state of the art transit service that is fast, safe and beautiful,” President Trump posted.
Tampa Bay, FL is set to receive $21.8 million for their transit project that will connect St. Petersburg to beaches with state-of-the-art transit buses that include free WiFi. The buses will help with the heavily populated parts of Florida.
In Phoenix, AZ, the Valley Metro public transit agency will receive $100 million for their 5.5 mile light rail system that will connect 9 new stations, connecting under served areas to needed services such as churches and emergency services.