MIL-OSI USA: Congressman Cohen Announces $7.2 Million in Transit Funding from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09)

Partial-year funding from largest investment in public transit in U.S. history

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-9), a senior member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today announced the $7,294,019 allocated for the Memphis-based tri-state region from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The funding is the result of investments authorized by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) that only Congressman Cohen among current members of the Tennessee Congressional delegation supported. The amount represents 2024 Fiscal Year spending from October 1 through March 1, 2024. Further appropriations will be announced after full-year appropriations are approved, as expected, in the weeks ahead.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“MATA has been making amazing strides with its FTA funding in recent years, transforming transit from downtown through the Medical Center to the University of Memphis, and including construction on maintenance facilities and other major improvements. The partial-year funding announced today will go a long way in making further transit improvements.”

“We appreciate the tireless advocacy efforts of Congressman Steve Cohen on behalf of public transportation,” said Bacarra Mauldin, MATA interim CEO. “Public transportation has been historically underfunded, resulting in substandard service for our community. With the aggressive efforts of lawmakers like Congressman Cohen, we can continue to transform transit for the Mid-South.”

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