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 AREA Amount Pop Size Range
    Philadelphia, PA-NJ-DE-MD $700,514,215 >1M
    Pittsburgh, PA $162,133,877 >1M
    Allentown, PA-NJ $21,864,588 200k>1M
    Harrisburg, PA $27,341,803 200k>1M
    Lancaster, PA $48,079,296 200k>1M
    Reading, PA $10,530,531 200k>1M
    Scranton, PA $14,186,648 200k>1M
    York, PA $9,458,943 200k>1M
    East Stroudsburg, PA-NJ $3,432,328 50K>199K
    Altoona, PA $3,729,939 50K>199K
    Binghamton, NY-PA $136,499 50K>199K
    Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA $2,238,356 50K>199K
    Chambersburg, PA $1,941,221 50K>199K
    Erie, PA $12,021,621 50K>199K
    Hanover, PA $2,838,992 50K>199K
    Hazleton, PA $2,507,307 50K>199K
    Johnstown, PA $4,571,937 50K>199K
    Lebanon, PA $3,241,505 50K>199K
    Monessen-California, PA $2,630,114 50K>199K
    Pottstown, PA $4,057,968 50K>199K
    State College, PA $9,521,576 50K>199K
    Uniontown-Connellsville, PA $3,554,674 50K>199K
    Williamsport, PA $7,237,626 50K>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
    A 3-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. An award-winning political reporter, Micek’s career has taken him from small town meetings and Chicago City Hall to Congress and the Pennsylvania Capitol. His weekly column on U.S. politics is syndicated to 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. He also contributes commentary and analysis to broadcast outlets in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Micek’s first novel, “Ordinary Angels,” was released in 2019 by Sunbury Press