Region’s transit agencies to receive $538 million in funding for COVID-19 emergency

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Region’s transit agencies to receive $538 million in funding for COVID-19 emergency

SEATTLE - The Puget Sound Regional Council is working with transit agencies and the Federal Transit Administration to get $538 million to transit agencies reeling from the COVID-19 crisis. 

The funding is included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act approved by Congress and signed by President Trump last week.

Eligible agencies providing transit service within King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties include:

  • Community Transit
  • Everett Transit
  • Intercity Transit
  • King County
  • Kitsap Transit
  • Pierce County Ferry Operations
  • Pierce Transit
  • City of Seattle
  • Skagit Transit
  • Sound Transit
  • Washington State Ferries

The PSRC coordinates the distribution of the region's federal transit funds, typically through a funding process every two years. The effort underway now is intended to start providing relief quickly.  The CARES Act funds are intended for COVID-19 related operating costs and are not required to be included in the region's Transportation Improvement Program.

The bulk of the region's federal transit funds are typically distributed by a proportional formula based on the service characteristics of each transit agency.

Next steps will be detailed on PSRC's website.

PSRC develops policies and coordinates decisions about regional growth, transportation and economic development planning within King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties. The Council is composed of over 80 jurisdictions, including all four counties, cities and towns, ports, state and local transportation agencies and tribal governments within the region.

Title VI Notice: PSRC fully complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes and regulations in all programs and activities. For more information, or to obtain a Title VI Complaint Form, call 206-402-1334.
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