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During Negotiations For Cares Act, Leader Schumer Prioritized & Secured $$$ For Upstate New York Transit; Gillibrand & Maloney Shepherded Legislation to Final Passage

Orange County Will Receive $35.1M To Support Transit Operations As Counties Respond To & Recover From COVID-19 Pandemic 

Reps: Federal Funding Will Keep Hudson Valley Moving Forward

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and U.S. Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney today announced $35,100,000 in CARES Act, emergency federal funding for Orange County in the Hudson Valley Region. This federal funding was secured in the CARES Act, allocated by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and will boost essential public transportation services by mitigating the devastating impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis on local transit systems.

“As Orange County reopens, it’s imperative that it gets all the federal tools it needs to support the recovery process, including help for our vital public transportation systems,” said Senator Schumer. “This federal funding will offset the devastating financial impacts of COVID-19 on transit operations throughout the region and allow Orange County to keep the bus systems clean, safe, timely and efficient for riders. 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 Hudson Valley has every dollar it needs to recover.”

“The COVID-19 crisis has had major implications on New York’s transportation systems. As our communities prepare for reopening, 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 Orange 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.”

“Folks in Middletown and Newburgh rely on Orange County’s public transit every day. It is imperative we continue to support our transit providers and workers as they deal with the impact of the pandemic and plan for the future,” said Congressman Maloney. “This major investment will help keep our buses running and sanitized now and as we continue to reopen our communities.  I’m proud the transportation funding I fought for as a member of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee was included in the CARES Act, and will continue to work to bring more critically-needed transit funding to the Hudson Valley.”

The representatives said the funding will be utilized for operating assistance in the Newburgh and Middletown areas. The funds will be used for non-fixed route ADA Paratransit Services, commuter bus services, Dial-a-Bus operations and planning and administration of grants and public transit throughout Orange County.