Al Lawson: JTA Getting $15.2 Million in Stimulus Funds

At the end of last week, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson announced that the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) will get $15,184,853 from the $2.2 trillion federal stimulus approved by Congress and the White House at the end of March.

On Friday, Lawson announced funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Transit Administration will be headed to the First Coast to “help JTA with administrative leave costs due to reductions in service and the state-mandated quarantine.”

“Many of our nation’s public transportation systems, such as JTA, are facing financial hardship as a result of this pandemic,” Lawson said.

“These federal funds will help support travel for our essential workers and continue to pay JTA employees who are unable to work because of COVID-19. I will continue to do my part to bring relief to our workers who are on the front lines,” Lawson added.

As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, DOT is sending $25 billion to public transit agencies across the nation.

 

Reach Kevin Derby at kevin.derby@floridadaily.com.

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