The federal government is putting up $10 million to research ways to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the cramped confines of public transportation but a recent presidential memo could exclude New York City, Washington, D.C., Seattle, and Portland, Oregon, from receiving funds.
Over the course of the summer, the Federal Transit Administration held listening sessions with transit agencies across the country and heard many COVID-19-specific challenges that need to be addressed. Many of those systems, funded with public money, are aged and the organizations charged with maintaining them have few resources to make improvements like increased air circulation.
In response, the FTA is allocating $10 million in research grants to find solutions to improving the health and safety of commuters and transportation employees and get Americans moving again.
“The Public Transportation COVID-19 Research Demonstration Grant Program is funded through the Public Transportation Innovation Program, with the goal to develop,