Texas Border Business
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced a $9,572,032 federal grant award for the City of McAllen transit system. Metro McAllen received more than $9 million in Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funds through the CARES Act.
“We must provide the adequate protections for both our transportation workers and commuters during this pandemic,” said Congressman Gonzalez. “Metro McAllen is essential to city operations and plays a significant role in the 15th District of Texas. It is my hope these funds will help with any financial instability and personal protection during this time as we work to get people back to work, school, and other essential activities that will improve our local economy and create jobs.”
The grant funds will pay for operating, administrative, and preventive maintenance costs in order to respond to and recover from the COVID-19 public health emergency. Expenses will include salaries, fuel, cleaning supplies, personal protective equipment, project administration costs.
FTA has allocated $25 billion to recipients of the 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.
More information on the CARES Act and FTA can be found here.