Montgomery County Is Going To Get $30 million In Federal And State Funding For COVID-19 Related Transit Issues
$1.02 billion in Federal funding has been set aside from the Federal government to support the Washington, D.C. area’s transit needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Montgomery County will get $28 million of that funding with $2 million coming from the Maryland State Government.
Called the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), it was created to address the added burden the COVID-19 related shutdown is having on the nations economy and to support essential workers such as doctors, nurses and other medical workers still needed in order to help impacted health systems. Many of these workers still require public transportation to get to work.
The funding will go directly to the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) and be used to shore up falling revenue from the eliminated fare collection order the County put into place during the shutdown. It will also be used go towards bus driver hazard pay, standby driver services at strategic social distancing locations and for extra cleaning of buses and related facilities.
“Some bus routes that were cut at the start of our response have been added back because of identified community needs. We have increased midday service on routes that include hospitals and we continue to shift resources to routes that need more service to maintain safe levels of social distancing.” said MCDOT Division of Transit Chief Dan Hibbert.
Montgomery County Department of Transportation has the second largest bus operations in the D.C. area after the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA).