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USDOT gives Mississippi $42 million to improve public transit

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced on Wednesday the distribution of over $20 billion to states and regions across the nation, with Mississippi expected to receive $42 million of the funds.

In November, President Joe Biden passed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law which designated $1 trillion to be given to projects improving water, recycling, electric and low-emission buses, tribal communities, and pollution prevention.

An annual transit formula made by Congress calculated the exact amount to be distributed to Mississippi totaling $42,077,587 to fund the improvement of state roads, bridges, transit systems, and more.

“Every day, transit connects millions of Americans to jobs, schools, groceries, hospitals, resources, and countless other opportunities – all while helping to reduce pollution, congestion, and traffic,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said. “Now, thanks to the President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we are making the largest investment in public transit in our nation’s history.”

The FTA also announced additional resources that will be issued for the betterment of public transportation:

  • $6.9 billion for the Urbanized Area Formula Program, which supports transit agencies in large U.S. cities and suburbs, 29% more than the FY21 funding level.
  • $4.1 billion for the State of Good Repair Formula Program, 52% more than the FY21 funding level.
  • $893 million for Rural Area Formula grants, which support transit programs in rural areas, representing 23% more than the FY21 level.
  • $422 million for the Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities program, representing 44% more than the FY21 level.
  • $45 million to support to transit programs run by tribal governments through formula and competitive grants, representing 25% more than the FY21 funding level.
  • $49 million for State Safety Oversight, representing 69% more than FY21 funding level.

Click here for the full list of allocated funds released by the FTA.

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