As the Biden Administration and new Congress begin work in 2021, a number of developments and requirements are emerging from Washington that will impact public transit providers in the SWTA Nation and across the country. This page will be updated throughout the first few months of 2021, leading off with new federal mask requirements for transit:
Additional Emergency COVID Relief
- New, independent economic analysis shows the need for an additional $39.3 billion for all transit providers resulting from COVID-related loss of ridership, according to APTA, which also sent a letter to Congressional leaders along with transit labor unions urging additional emergency relief for transit.
- CTAA and 267 transit systems and associations – including SWTA – sent a letter to Congressional leaders urging that any new COVID relief legislation “to utilize the standard formulas for rural, urban and specialized transit (Sections 5307, 5310 and 5311) to ensure that all transit agencies receive vitally needed funding to continue providing essential trips all across the nation.”
- The Biden Administration’s overall $1.9 trillion COVID relief proposal includes an additional $20 billion for public transit systems, according to Transportation Today.
- A “bipartisan” COVID relief proposal sent to President Biden yesterday from 8 Republican Senators (Collins, Cassidy, Portman, Young, Rounds, Murkowski, Romney, Capito, Moran, Tillis) includes no additional transit funding or funds for local government.
- Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the two relief proposals.
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