On behalf of the region’s riders, thank you Senator Schumer for securing a $6 billion Federal Transit Administration grant using ARP funds for the MTA. This largest-ever lump sum grant in FTA history will help stave off transit-pocolypse for riders and our region, which is still being pummeled by COVID. It will mean the difference between light at the end of the tunnel and darkness.
Even before Omicron, riders were facing a bleak future with potentially significant fare hikes and service cuts once federal money dries up. With ridership back to the worst-case scenario thanks to COVID surges, riders need this influx of operating funding to maintain service more than ever. Senator Schumer continues to bring home the billions for public transit riders, and his efforts will make a difference in the lives of commuters — and the region — as we continue our recovery from COVID.