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American Rescue Plan Provides $30.5 Billion for Transit Agencies & $1.7 Billion for Amtrak


March 11, 2021


Mike Friedberg


(Washington, D.C.) – The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provides $30.5 billion in critical COVID-19 funding for public transit and $1.7 billion in emergency funding for Amtrak, available through fiscal year (FY) 2024. Below is a high level breakdown of the transit and Amtrak funding.

Public Transit - $30.5 billion in critical COVID-19 funding for public transit

  • $26.09 billion in grants for urbanized areas

  • $317 million in grants for rural areas

  • $50 million in grants for seniors and persons with disabilities

  • $2.21 billion for operating assistance grants

  • $1.675 billion for Capital Investment Grants

  • $250 million for Small Start projects

  • $100 million in grants for bus operators

  • $25 million in planning grants to restore service

Amtrak - $1.7 billion for Amtrak grants to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19

  • $285 million in lieu of commuter rail and state-supported route payments

  • $166 million to restore service on long-distance routes and to support furloughed employees

  • $970 million for Northeast Corridor grants

  • $730 million for National Network grants

The Coalition of the Northeast Corridor (CNEC) is the business community’s voice for strengthening rail infrastructure in order to reduce congestion, create jobs and grow the economy. We represent diverse stakeholders who rely on the Corridor to conduct commerce, access customers, and transport employees.


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