Agency Of Transportation Receives Federal Relief Funds For Public Transportation
Montpelier, VT (STL.News) Vermont Governor Phil Scott today announced that the Vermont Agency of Transportation (AOT) has received more than $26 million in federal funding through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) to support public transit across the state.
The $26,772,119 award may be used to pay for 100% of public transit operations and vehicles. Most federal funds for public transit have a 20% or 50% non-federal funds match requirement, which usually comes from State and local resources. The CRRSAA funding will allow AOT to temporarily reduce the State and local funds needed for statewide transit service, allowing for more flexibility and resources to respond to the economic hardships and rebuilding costs associated with the COVID pandemic.
“Investing in more energy efficient public transportation is important for our economy and environment,” said Governor Scott. “I want thank our Congressional Delegation for their help securing these funds and I look forward to seeing these upgrades come to fruition.”
In a joint statement, Senators Patrick Leahy, Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Peter Welch said: “In a rural state like ours, Vermonters rely on public transit to get to work, buy groceries, see a doctor, and stay connected to their communities.