Pa. in line for $1.13B in public transit funding from COVID-19 aid package, Sen. Casey’s office says

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    Pennsylvania will receive $1.13 billion in new transportation funding from the recently approved coronavirus stimulus package, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey’s, D-Pa., office said Friday. The money will come from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration, the Scranton lawmaker said in a statement.

    “I am pleased that the transportation systems in our communities will receive a combined total of $1.13 billion in FTA grants to support transit operations, pay employees who are unable to work due to the pandemic and continue operating for those who rely on public transportation,” Casey said in a statement. “Our public transit systems are a backbone of our communities and I will continue to work to ensure they receive the resources they need during this time of national crisis.”

    The federal money for urban areas will be “allocated to metropolitan areas while rural funding is allocated to the state. In addition to the FTA funding,” Casey’s office said. Transit agencies in rural Pennsylvania will also receive money through the Appalachian Development Public Transportation Assistance Program.

    Here’s a breakdown of that funding, according to Casey’s office.

    COVID19 FTA Grants – Pennsylvania 
    URBANIZED AREAAmountPop Size Range
    Philadelphia, PA-NJ-DE-MD$700,514,215>1M
    Pittsburgh, PA$162,133,877>1M
    Allentown, PA-NJ$21,864,588200k>1M
    Harrisburg, PA$27,341,803200k>1M
    Lancaster, PA$48,079,296200k>1M
    Reading, PA$10,530,531200k>1M
    Scranton, PA$14,186,648200k>1M
    York, PA$9,458,943200k>1M
    East Stroudsburg, PA-NJ$3,432,32850K>199K
    Altoona, PA$3,729,93950K>199K
    Binghamton, NY-PA$136,49950K>199K
    Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA$2,238,35650K>199K
    Chambersburg, PA$1,941,22150K>199K
    Erie, PA$12,021,62150K>199K
    Hanover, PA$2,838,99250K>199K
    Hazleton, PA$2,507,30750K>199K
    Johnstown, PA$4,571,93750K>199K
    Lebanon, PA$3,241,50550K>199K
    Monessen-California, PA$2,630,11450K>199K
    Pottstown, PA$4,057,96850K>199K
    State College, PA$9,521,57650K>199K
    Uniontown-Connellsville, PA$3,554,67450K>199K
    Williamsport, PA$7,237,62650K>199K
    Rural Apportionment$80,601,777
    Total$1,138,373,341

     

    The federal government is allocating $25 billion to urban and rural areas. The funding will be available to support expenses related to COVID-19 response efforts, Casey’s office said.

    John L. Micek
    John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. He's been covering Pennsylvania politics for more than 20 years and most recently served as Opinion Editor at PennLive/The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. Micek's commentary is syndicated to more than 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. And he's a regular contributor to a host of broadcast outlets in Pennsylvania and abroad.