Massachusetts transit agencies will get just over $1 billion in emergency funding to help sustain service through the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
The funding comes from a $25 billion line-item for transit assistance in the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act,” the bill that quickly moved through Congress two weeks ago and became law on March 27, 2020.
$875.9 million for transit agencies in the greater Boston urbanized area, which covers most of the eastern portion of the state and includes the service areas of the MBTA, Lowell RTA, Merrimack Valley RTA, MetroWest Transit Authority, Cape Ann Transit Authority, Brockton Area Transit Authority, and part of the Greater Attleboro Taunton RTA;
$36.6 million for the Springfield urbanized area, which covers most of the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority’s service area;
$36.3 million for the Worcester urbanized area, which is served by the Worcester RTA and an MBTA commuter rail line;
$22.8 million for transit in the Massachusetts portion of the Providence urban area. This includes Attleboro and Fall River, which are served by the the Greater Attleboro Taunton RTA and the Southeastern RTA, respectively.
$11.9 million for the New Bedford area, in the Southeastern RTA;
$9.8 million for the Leominster-Fitchburg area, which is generally inside the service area of the Montachusett RTA and also includes the end of the T’s Fitchburg line;
$5.7 million for greater Pittsfield in the Berkshire RTA.