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Senate passes COVID Relief Bill with $30.5B for Transit Intact

The Senate passed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 on March 6, 2021. The bill will return to the U.S. House of Representatives for a vote this week. The bill includes $30.5 billion for the transit industry as well as $1.7 billion for Amtrak.

The $30.5 billion for transit includes:

  • $26.09 billion for urbanized area formula grants;
  • $317 million for rural area formula grants;
  • $50 million for mobility for seniors and persons with disabilities grants;
  • $100 million for non-urbanized intercity bus program recipients;
  • $25 million for planning grants;
  • $2.21 billion in grants for recipients in need of financial assistance to maintain operations over and above the aid that has been provided; and
  • $1.68 billion for qualifying projects in the CIG Program, which includes $250 million for Small Starts projects and $1.43 billion for New Starts and Core Capacity projects.

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