Following sometimes contentious negotiations arbitrated by the Federal Transit Administration, the three states touching the New York Metropolitan area—New York, New Jersey and Connecticut—finally agreed on how to allocate $13.98 billion in Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 (CRRSAA) and American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to the New York MTA, NJ Transit and Connecticut DOT.
American Rescue Plan Act of 2021
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded a $330.8 million American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021 grant to the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) and a $304.2 million ARP grant to the Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD).
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has dispensed $255.7 million in previously awarded American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds to New Jersey Transit that the agency will apply toward NJT services affecting New Jersey and Pennsylvania. SEPTA has received about $650 million.
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) will make available to Amtrak more than $1.69 billion in COVID-19 relief funding, provided under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021.
President Joe Biden has proposed a sweeping, eight-year, $2 trillion investment plan—a follow-on from his American Rescue Plan—that designates tens of billions for rail and public transportation, but also raises some taxes substantially to pay for it.
The $30.5 billion in COVID-19 relief from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is now available for public transportation, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) reported on March 29.