FTA Awards Over $7 Million in CARES Act Funds to HDOT

June 17, 2020
Press Release
Honolulu, HI—Today, the Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation (HDOT) is receiving an award of Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funds through the CARES Act on behalf of Maui Bus. HDOT successfully completed its grant application and is now being awarded $7,864,323 in Section 5307 Urbanized Area Formula funds.
HDOT will use the grant funds for immediate operating assistance to Maui Bus, which services the Kahului, Maui small urbanized area, to sustain operations in order to respond to and recover from COVID-19.
Background: The Urbanized Area Formula Funding program (49 U.S.C. 5307) makes federal resources available to urbanized areas and to governors for transit capital and operating assistance in urbanized areas and for transportation-related planning. An urbanized area is an incorporated area with a population of 50,000 or more that is designated as such by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was the third COVID-19 emergency assistance bill passed by Congress. The bill included direct cash payments to Americans, assistance for those who are out of work due to the outbreak, funding for small businesses, hospitals, and health care workers, and state as well as local governments. The bill’s funding for state and local governments included at least $1.2 billion for Hawai‘i.
About Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is serving her fourth term in the United States House representing Hawai‘i’s Second District, and serves on the House Armed Services and Financial Services Committees. She previously served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Homeland Security Committee. She was elected to the Honolulu City Council in 2010, and prior to that at age 21, was elected to the Hawaiʻi State Legislature in 2002, becoming the youngest person ever elected in the state. Tulsi Gabbard has served in the Hawaiʻi Army National Guard for 16 years, is a veteran of two Middle East deployments, and continues to serve as a Major. Learn more about Rep. Tulsi Gabbard...
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