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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 

Putnam County Will Receive $204K To Support Transit Operations As County Responds To & Recovers From COVID-19 Pandemic 

Reps: Federal Funding Will Keep Putnam County Moving Forward

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and U.S. Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney today announced $204,195 in CARES Act, emergency federal funding for Putnam County’s transit systems. This federal funding was secured in the CARES Act, allocated by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and will allow transit services to continue in the Putnam County area during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by mitigating the devastating financial impact of the crisis on local transit systems.

“As the Hudson Valley 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 in Putnam County” said Senator Schumer. “This federal funding will offset the devastating financial impacts of COVID-19 on transit operations throughout the region and allow the Putnam County Area to keep the bus systems clean, safe, timely and efficient for Hudson Valley 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 that New York has every dollar it needs to recover.”

“New York State’s transportation systems are at the center of our economy,” said Senator Gillibrand. “As Putnam County reopens and returns to daily life, we must ensure that New Yorkers can rely on safe and sanitary transit to get to their jobs, the grocery store, and schools. This funding is great news for the Hudson Valley and I will keep working to secure the resources our communities need to recover.”

“Folks in Putnam County rely on public transit every day — before, during and long after this pandemic. This investment will help keep our public transit clean and running as we continue to reopen our communities. I’m proud the transportation funding I fought for as a proud member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee was included in the CARES Act, and will continue to advocate for more emergency relief and transit funding for Hudson Valley communities,” said Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney.

Putnam County’s transit system includes the Putnam Area Rapid Transit (PART), which serves the Putnam County region, and operates four fixed routes year round in addition to a seasonal trolley in Cold Spring and a commuter shuttle to the Metro North Station at Croton Falls. Additionally, PART Paratransit offers a transportation system for those Putnam residents who are unable to use the PART public transportation due to a physical or mental disability.

The FTA funding for Putnam County is a 100% federal fund grant and no local match is required. Funding announced today is in addition to the $2.8M in CARES Act funding awarded to Putnam County earlier this month.