The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced on Monday a $6.3 million grant award to the City of Evansville as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Evansville will use the funds to support transit planning and operating expenses, including bus equipment and facilities, preventive maintenance, and bus stop improvements.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao says the nationwide funding granted by the CARES Act will ensure the country's public transportation systems can continue to provide services to the millions of Americans who depend on them.
In addition to the CARES Act funding, FTA issued a Safety Advisory that prompts transit agencies to develop and implement policies and procedures regarding face coverings and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces, physical separation, and hand hygiene consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidance. CARES Act funding can be used to cover 100 percent of these costs.