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During Negotiations For Cares Act, Schumer Prioritized & Secured $$$ For Upstate New York Transit

Tompkins County Will Receive Over $7M As Part Of Federal Emergency Funding Package To Support Operating, Administrative, & Preventive Maintenance Costs To Respond To & Recover From COVID-19 Pandemic

Schumer, Gillibrand: CARES Funding Will Keep Tompkins County Going ‘Round

As part of the Schumer-negotiated CARES Act, which included relief for upstate transit systems, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $7,076,312 in federal funding apportioned by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for Tompkins County. The funding will support critical transit needs, including operations, administrative, and preventative maintenance costs for Tompkins County transit systems as they respond and recover after the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“As communities throughout Tompkins County and Ithaca continue to reopen, it’s imperative that they get all the federal tools they need to make the recovery process as quickly and seamless as possible,” said Senator Schumer. “This federal funding will offset the devastating financial impacts of COVID-19 on transit operations in Ithaca and throughout the region and allow Tompkins County to maintain critical services while Upstate New York adjusts to the new normal. I’m proud to have fought for this imperative funding to be included in the CARES Act and will continue to fight to make sure the Southern Tier has every dollar it needs to rebuild and recover.”

“The COVID-19 crisis has had major implications on New York’s transportation systems. Now more than ever, we must secure reliable transit for the riders who depend on it,” said Senator Gillibrand. “This funding will be used to offset major revenue losses for Tompkins County and ensure transportation services continue for the many New Yorkers who depend on it every day. I am proud to have fought for this funding in the CARES Act and I will continue to fight for the resources New York communities need to reopen, rebuild, and return to normal.” 

The Senators said that funding for Upstate transit systems has been critical to community recovery after the COVID-19 crisis. Public transportation serves an essential function for thousands of New Yorkers, especially in the Southern Tier, providing everything from improved access to grocery stores to helping frontline healthcare workers get to hospitals.