Grand Island to receive $2.2 million for COVID-19 response

U.S. Transportation Secretary announces funds will go to CRANE transit system
Grand Island's CRANE transit system receiving grant from CARES Act
Grand Island's CRANE transit system receiving grant from CARES Act(MGN)
Published: Jul. 28, 2020 at 12:28 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND (KSNB) - The City of Grand Island is set to receive $2.2 million for the Central Ride Agency of Nebraska (CRANE) transit system as part of the CARES Act signed by President Donald Trump on March 27, 2020, announced U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Tuesday morning.

CRANE will use the grant funding to support operating, administrative, and preventive maintenance costs, including software upgrades to improve communications, route planning and contactless boarding during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

“This historic $25 billion in grant funding will ensure our nation’s public transportation systems can continue to provide services to the millions of Americans who continue to depend on them,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

In addition to the CARES Act funding, FTA has issued a Safety Advisory with recommended actions for transit agencies to reduce the risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19) among transit employees and passengers. Transit agencies should follow the current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommendations for the spread of COVID-19, which include face coverings, social distancing, frequent hand washing, facility and vehicle cleaning, and other measures to the maximum extent practicable.

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