CTA employs some 10,600 workers, who provided nearly 200 million trips in 2020.

For CTA, $912.1MM ARP Grant

Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has been awarded a $912.1 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for COVID-19 response under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021.

FTA to Transit: $4.7B in FY22 Formula Funding Available (Updated)

More than $4.7 billion in Fiscal Year 2022 transit formula funding is now available to transit agencies, states and Tribal governments, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) reported on Feb. 3.

Metra employs approximately 2,600 workers who provided nearly 17 million trips throughout the Chicago metro area in 2020.

For Metra, $513.6MM ARP Grant

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded Metra (Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corporation) a $513.6 million grant for COVID-19 response under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021.

An ACS64-led Amtrak Northeast Regional train prepares to depart Penn Station New York, bound for Washington, D.C. William C. Vantuono photo

FTA Increases Hudson Tunnel Project Rating to ‘Medium-High’

The Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) on Jan. 20 announced new ratings for six projects seeking funding from the Capital Investment Grants (CIG) program—one was for the Hudson Tunnel Project and the others for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) projects.

San Diego Association of Governments has been awarded $405,000 for TOD planning at four stations along the Trolley’s Blue Line.

FTA Awards $11MM in TOD Grants

Twenty projects—10 rail-specific—will share $11.03 million in Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grants through the Pilot Program for Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Planning.

“This critical help from Congress is the reason we were able to keep most of our service running for essential trips during the pandemic and all of our workers employed,” LACMTA CEO Stephanie N. Wiggins said.

CTDOT, LACMTA, NJT, NYMTA: $9.4B in Grants for COVID-19 Response

The Federal Transit Administration is awarding American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021 grants for COVID-19 response to the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT, $332.5 million); Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA, $1.24 billion); New Jersey Transit (NJT, $1.6 billion); and New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (NYMTA, $6.2 billion).

The Cummins-powered ALC-42 from Siemens will soon be the standard-bearer of the Amtrak long-distance locomotive fleet.

Amtrak Releases FY2021 Results

For its 50th anniversary fiscal year (Oct. 2020-Sept. 2021), Amtrak provided 12.2 million passenger trips, representing a growth of 4 million over the 2020 rate and a 42% rise over its FY21 goal, the railroad reported on Dec. 13.

For TriMet, $289.1MM ARP Grant

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) a $289.1 million grant for COVID-19 response under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021.

For MARTA, $285.7MM ARP Payout

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) a $285.7 million grant for COVID-19 response under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021.

Biden Administration Sides With Labor, Throwing California Transit Grants (and Riders) Under the Bus

In what has become a contest between two groups who strongly back Democrats, the Biden Administration has come out for labor by refusing to certify grants that would help California’s transit providers and, eventually, the state’s riders. The decision by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) could eventually affect transit projects in other transit-rich states that are facing financial woes due to the pandemic.

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