WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Kay Granger (R-TX), top Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, released the following statement after the Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration announced a $55,161,034 grant to support Trinity Metro’s operations amid the coronavirus pandemic. These funds come directly from the ‘Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act’, the third coronavirus relief package that President Trump signed into law on March 27.
"The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex has enjoyed some of the most rapid development in the country, and Trinity Metro buses, vanpools, and commuter rail lines have played a key role in keeping our fast-growing community connected. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, transportation agencies like Trinity Metro have struggled to generate funding to continue running amid lockdowns, and with how to keep staff and riders safe amid the pandemic.
"I’m pleased to see that thanks to the CARES Act, Trinity Metro will receive over $55 million to respond to and recover from the coronavirus pandemic. This crucial funding from the Department of Transportation will go towards expenses, including essential transit workers’ pay, as well as the equipment necessary to maintain facilities and continue operations.
"As the top Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, I will continue working with President Trump, Governor Abbott, and local leaders to ensure that future coronavirus relief packages continue providing our public transportation systems the resources they need to keep our communities safe and connected, especially as states like Texas begin to slowly and strategically reopen."