American Rescue Plan Act signed into law; boosts public transportation

COVID relief legislation provides $30.5 billion of emergency public transit funding 

March 11, 2021 / 1 minute read
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Today, President Biden signed into law H.R. 1319—the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021—which includes funding for the public transportation industry.

This bill provides $30.5 billion in critical COVID-19 emergency funding to help public transit agencies continue to provide a lifeline to essential workers, ensure Americans can get to vaccine distribution sites, and advance communities’ efforts across the country to rebuild the nation’s economy, according to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).

“Given the urgent and immense needs of our industry, the American Public Transportation Association applauds enactment of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021,” APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas said in a statement. “The $30.5 billion in emergency assistance demonstrates a clear and continued commitment to public transportation and the important role it plays in America’s economic recovery.”

APTA, on behalf of the public transportation industry, says it commends the incredible work of the Administration and Congressional leaders in crafting this legislation.

In addition, APTA extended thanks to leaders of the U.S. DOT and key Congressional committees for including $30.5 billion of emergency transit funding in the bill and distributing these funds in a manner that ensures that all public transit agencies can continue to be a lifeline for essential workers and help communities rebuild from the economic devastation caused by the pandemic.

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SOURCE: American Public Transportation Association

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