May 21, 2020

Moulton Announces $1.6 Million Grant for the Cape Ann Transportation Authority

Salem, Mass. — Today, Representative Seth Moulton (MA-06) announced that the Cape Ann Transportation Authority (CATA) will receive $1.6 million in transit relief funds made available through the CARES Act.

“From the grocery store to the clinic, public transportation agencies like CATA are getting health care workers and essential employees to the front lines but losing money as their usual riders stay home,” Rep. Seth Moulton said. “In addition to helping CATA get essential workers where they need to be, this money will help increase regular cleaning operations so transportation workers can be safe on the job, and will ensure the system is ready to go whenever we get back to normal.”

The $1.6 million grant is 100 percent federally-funded through the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and does not require a local matching contribution. Details about the federal transit funding available through the CARES Act are available online.

This is the latest in a series of efforts Moulton has announced and led to protect transit workers and help transit agencies. Moulton co-led a letter to the FTA demanding guidance for transit agencies to protect transit workers and give them priority access to testing and protective equipment.

During negotiation of the CARES Act, Rep. Moulton led a bipartisan letter calling for at least $1 billion to Amtrak and $16 billion to local transit agencies to cover increased costs of cleaning and sanitization. The final bill included Moulton’s recommendation for Amtrak funding, as well as $25 billion for transit agencies.

Moulton’s letter also called for investments in rail and transit infrastructure as long-term remedies to the economic harm caused by the virus outbreak. He recently released a high-speed rail plan to help stimulate the economy following the crisis. The high-speed rail plan’s release was first announced this week in WIRED.