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CHEYENNE – On June 8th, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded the Cheyenne Transit Program (CTP) a $3.3 million grant as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
The grant will be applied to CTP’s operations and preventative maintenance for fiscal year 2021 and a portion of fiscal year 2022. The awarded grant will provide the necessary funding for continued transit services throughout Cheyenne.
“This federal grant is one that we have fortunately been awarded annually, however, it has always come with a local match as high as 50 percent. This year, under the CARES act, the City of Cheyenne will not be required to find matching funds. This transportation grant is 100 percent federally funded. This is great news during these budget times,” said Mayor Marian Orr. “Typically, we have budgeted approximately $600,000 toward federal grant matching dollars. Now, those funds may be freed up to provide other city services. What this means for our community is that our transit system will remain intact without a reduction in routes or services, and we continue to provide free curb-to-curb services at no cost to riders while we remain in this current COVID-19 phase.”
“We know many of our nation’s public transportation systems are facing extraordinary challenges and these funds will go a long way to assisting our transit industry partners in battling COVID-19,” said FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams in the department’s June 8th press release. “These federal funds will support operating assistance to transit agencies of all sizes providing essential travel and supporting transit workers across the country who are unable to work because of the public health emergency.”