Trump: MTA To Receive Another $298M From CARES Act

WCBS 880 Newsroom
May 21, 2020 - 7:14 pm
MTA subway

Spencer Platt / Staff

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — President Donald Trump on Thursday announced the MTA would be receiving another $298 million in federal funding. 

The president made the announcement on Twitter, saying the funding is part of the $3.9 billion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

The agency received $500 million in the last month and has already requested an additional $3.9 billion on top of the CARES Act funding.

“This is critical to keeping essential personnel moving and aiding metro NYC in recovery. We are here for the people of New York,” Trump wrote on Twitter. 

The money is sent to the MTA as it continues to deal with revenue lost from plummeting ridership over the coronavirus outbreak. 

The transit agency is also spending hundreds of millions of dollars disinfecting subway trains and stations

On Wednesday, the MTA announced a pilot program which will use UV light to disinfect subways, buses and stations.

The CARES Act was approved by Trump on March 27 and also included funding for public health spending, relief for citizens and small businesses and relief for hard-hit industries, such as the transit agencies. 

Nearby in New Jersey, NJ Transit recently received $1.4 billion from the CARES Act. 

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