May 21, 2020 - TRA Newswire -

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has received notification that it has been allocated $229 million from The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, enacted on March 27.

Funding from the CARES Act allows access to valuable financial resources in the battle to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

DART has continued through the pandemic to provide bus, light rail, paratransit, streetcar, police and Trinity Railway Express transit service to ensure North Texans have access to essential jobs and medical facilities.

FTA is allocating $25 billion to recipients of urbanized area and rural area formula funds, with $22.7 billion to large and small urban areas and $2.2 billion to rural areas. Funding will be provided at a 100-percent federal share, with no local match required, and will be available to support capital, operating, and other expenses generally eligible under those programs to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19.

Operating expenses incurred beginning on January 20, 2020 for all rural and urban recipients, even those in large urban areas, are also eligible, including operating expenses to maintain transit services as well as paying for administrative leave for transit personnel due to reduced operations during an emergency.