Congressman Cohen Announces $35.6 Million in Coronavirus-Related Transit Funding

April 3, 2020
Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) will receive $35,687,809 in its Urbanized Area Apportionment from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) as a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that became law. The CARES Act directs FTA to allocate funding to prevent, prepare for and respond to the coronavirus through the existing Urbanized Area Formula Grants Program, Rural Area Formula Grants Program, and the Tribal Transit Formula Grants Program.


Congressman Cohen made the following statement:


“I know MATA ridership has been hit hard by this pandemic and the agency is working on an abbreviated Sunday schedule because of reduced ridership. MATA is an essential service in our community, and I’m pleased this timely funding will help MATA be able to sustain and provide its service.”