Rep. Peter DeFazio Secures $17 Million in Supplemental COVID Relief Funding for Lane Transit District
Rep. Peter DeFazio today announced that he has secured an additional $17 million in COVID relief funding for Lane Transit District (LTD) to support ongoing transit services and improve and protect the health and safety of frontline workers.
“As the virus continues to spread, it’s imperative that we ensure our communities’ transit systems remain reliable,” said Rep. Peter DeFazio. “These funds will ensure LTD can continue providing reliable and frequent transit service while it grapples with reduced ridership and declining tax revenue, allowing them to remain open and accessible for essential workers. In addition, the funding will be used to protect the wages of transit workers who are on the front lines of the epidemic and who continue to keep buses and trains running on time at great risk to their own personal health.”
The funding was included in the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 (CRRSAA) that was passed by the Congress and signed into law in December 2020.
This funding will supplement the more than $25 million DeFazio secured for LTD last spring under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. As Chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, DeFazio has been a leading advocate for numerous crucial programs to preserve transportation systems during the COVID-19 pandemic including funding for transit, the Oregon Department of Transportation, local airports, and airline employees. He helped secure $25 billion for transit systems nationwide in the CARES Act.