The Orange County Transportation Authority has been awarded a $160.4 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration to support public transit services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
OCTA applied for the funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act, signed into law in March. OCTA signed the grant agreement on July 6.
OCTA said it will utilize the funding to help sustain bus operations and to comply with state and federal requirements for public health and safety.
The CARES Act funding will make up for a sharp decline in revenue that corresponded to plummeting bus ridership when OC Bus service was temporarily reduced in March to protect the health and safety of the public and coach operators and to coincide with stay-at-home orders issued by the state.