Merkley, Wyden Announce Nearly $3 Million in Funding to Boost Albany Transit Service

Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that the City of Albany will receive nearly $3 million in federal funding to cover operating and administrative transit costs, as well as preventive maintenance costs, in response to the coronavirus crisis.

The funding is authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Congress passed in March.

“I’m pleased that critical funding is headed to Oregon to help transit districts that continue to support essential workers and provide access to vital services as our communities continue to grapple with the coronavirus crisis,” said Merkley. “This grant will help Albany’s public transportation continue to meet the community’s needs, while also helping to keep transit workers safe—two critical priorities.”

“Reliable mass transit is a must for the Albany residents who count on it during this public health and economic crisis for job commutes, trips to the grocery store and more,” Wyden said. “I’m glad these federal resources will provide key support for the essential public transportation workers working hard to provide dependable transit service in Albany despite the many challenges posed by COVID19.”

“During a period of unprecedented stresses on each of the services that Albany provides, we’re very grateful for funds that will allow us to improve transit options and experiences for our citizens, many of whom rely heavily upon public transit,” said Albany Mayor Sharon Konopa.

The City of Albany’s grant award, which totals $2,815,285 and is being distributed by the Federal Transit Administration, will finance bus modifications for social distancing; provide drivers and staff with personal protective devices; cover salaries for employees that are on administrative leave; local agency administration; continued connections for travelers; and extra maintenance of transit buses, including sanitation.