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U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, Representing the 30th District of Texas

Congresswoman Johnson Announces Texas Transportation Department to Receive $75 Million through CARES Act

May 14, 2020
Press Release

        Washington, DC  – Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson announced today that the Texas Department (TxDOT) of Transportation is receiving an award from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) through the CARES Act. TxDOT successfully completed their grant application and is now being awarded $74,581,554 in Section 5311 Rural Area Formula funds.

“These transit funds will help our inner-city busses continue operating at a time when our first responders need to be able to provide critical services in our communities,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “Improving access to transit operations and keeping Texas 30 communities connected is essential at this unprecedented time.”  

The grant funds will pay for rural operations, preventive maintenance, project administration, and intercity bus operations in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The grant will enable rural transit providers to continue operating established transit routes and to add new services to aid communities, including necessary trips to work and medical appointments. Some services such as meal delivery and other critical services are also being provided. Other expenses include salaries for staff on administrative leave, local agency administration, and continued connections for travelers between rural areas.