U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla., announced at the end of last week that the federal government will send $50.7 million to Palm Tran.
Frankel, who sits on the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, announced on Friday the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will send Palm Tran $50,701,790. The money comes from the “CARES Act,” the $2.3 trillion coronavirus stimulus package which Congress and the White House agreed on at the end of March.
“Palm Tran is a vital public transportation service here in Palm Beach County,” said Frankel on Friday. “This critical funding will be used to make sure that Palm Tran is able to continue to operate safely for the commuters who have come to rely on this service and for the essential workers who operate it.”
“The funding will help Palm Tran support operating costs to maintain service, including the purchase of personal protective equipment and paying the administrative leave of operations personnel due to reductions in service, in order to respond to and recover from COVID-19,” the congresswoman’s office noted.
Frankel was first elected to Congress in 2012 after decades of political service including serving as mayor of West Palm Beach and in the Florida House.
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