Florida to receive $22.8 million from feds for hurricane-damaged public transit


The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently announced the allocation of $22.8 million to 15 public transit systems across Florida impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

The funding, according to the office of U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), will help the agencies pay for hurricane response costs, including replacing and repairing damaged equipment and facilities and projects designed to reduce the risk of future storms.

“This is welcome news for a number of transit systems in Florida,” said Nelson.  “For months they’ve had to struggle to find ways to pay for damages caused by last year’s devastating hurricanes. Thankfully, they’re finally getting some relief.”

Among the Florida agencies receiving funding is Jacksonville Transportation Authority with $734,000.

Congress approved $330 million for the FTA’s Emergency Relief Program in February. In addition to Florida, the FTA also announced transit agency allocations of $223.5 million for Puerto Rico, $23.3 million for Texas, $6.7 million for the U.S. Virgin Islands and $187,000 for Georgia.