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Federal Funding Will Help Transit Operations In Putnam County

Putnam Area Rapid Transit (PART) buses
Courtesy of Putnam County government
Putnam Area Rapid Transit (PART) buses

New York’s U.S. Senators and a Hudson Valley Congressman say emergency federal funding they helped secure in a COVID-19 relief bill will help keep a county’s transit system in operation.

Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, along with Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, all Democrats, say more than $204,000 in federal emergency transit funding is headed to Putnam County. Schumer says the funding will help offset the financial impacts of COVID-19 and allow the Putnam County area to keep the bus system safe and running. Putnam County’s transit system includes Putnam Area Rapid Transit (PART), which operates four fixed routes year round in addition to a seasonal trolley in Cold Spring and a commuter shuttle to the Metro North Station at Croton Falls. The funding was included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that President Trump signed in March.

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