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Federal Transit Administration awards Honolulu with $21 million in federal operating assistance funds

HONOLULU - The City and County of Honolulu Department of Transportation Services (DTS) has been awarded $21 million in discretionary federal operating assistance funds by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) as part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). This extended funding award allows transit agencies to maintain essential services impacted by COVID-19.

Honolulu's share is a portion of $2.2 billion shared with 35 other transit operators throughout the country. "We are extremely grateful to receive this funding from the American Rescue Plan," said DTS Director Roger Morton. "Increased funding for transit will allow DTS to increase our investment into service improvements as we welcome riders back to TheBus and TheHandi-Van."

In November 2021, DTS submitted a competitive proposal that spelled out the need for additional funding to counter the impact that COVID-19 brought upon transit operations here in Honolulu. The $21 million in awarded funds will be used to restore TheBus and TheHandi-Van to pre-COVID levels of transit service, covering operations and personnel costs, and enabling better transportation access to O'ahu residents island-wide.

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