Fredericksburg bus system gets $7.5 million federal funding from coronavirus bill

The Fredericksburg Transit Authority will receive federal funding to support its operations during the Coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $7.5 million in federal funding for the city of Fredericksburg. The funding was authorized by the Federal Transit Authority (FTA) under the CARES Act.

“We’re pleased to see critical federal dollars go towards supporting Fredericksburg’s transit system,” the Senators said via a press release. “This grant will help the city maintain their services as well as address the added expenses caused by the coronavirus.”

Through the CARES Act, Congress provided $25 billion for transit agencies to help prevent, prepare, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic. The city of Fredericksburg received its funding under the FTA’s Urbanized Area Formula Program.

The funds will provide operating assistance to maintain services in order to respond to and recover from the coronavirus pandemic. Fredericksburg can use the funds to cover expenditures such as salaries, wages, benefits, maintenance, and other related expenses.

FRED Transit provides local bus services in Stafford and Spotsylvania counties, and Fredericksburg.

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