July 21, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $98 Million In Federal Funding For The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)

CARES Act Funding Will Help Offset New York Region’s Public Transit Costs Incurred Due To Loss In Ridership During COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $98.2 million in federal funding for the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) allocated in the CARES Act through the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). These funds are in addition to the $3.9 billion in CARES Act funding previously delivered to the MTA and will be used to support operational expenses for the agency, which operates the New York City Subway, Buses, and Metro-North and Long Island Railroads.

“We must continue to invest in our mass transit system because a vibrant bus, subway and commuter rail network is fundamental to our state’s recovery and rebuilding our economy,” said Senator Schumer. “We fought hard to deliverCARES Act funding to the MTA to support its workers and the countless healthcare and other frontline workers that have relied on safe public transit to get to and from work throughout this pandemic. I will continue to fight for additional aid for our mass transit systems and heroic mass transit workers.” 

“As New York communities reopen, this additional CARES Act funding will ensure that the MTA can continue providing safe and sanitary public transportation services for the workers and other riders who rely on transit throughout the New York region,” said Senator Gillibrand. “New York’s transportation system of subways, buses and commuter rails is central to our economy and workforce, and serves as a critical link for the populations of New Yorkers most severely impacted by COVID-19. I will continue fighting for the resources necessary to support our public transit services and ensure all New Yorkers are able to travel safely. 

The New York MTA provides rail, transit, and bridge and tunnel access to more than 15.3 million New Yorkers. The $98.2 million in additional funding will support operational expenses not previously included in CARES Act funding disbursements.