February 08, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $912 Million In American Rescue Plan Funding for CTA


[WASHINGTON D.C.] – U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $912.1 million in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding awarded to the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to help the agency continue to respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Thanks to the efforts of Democrats, CTA will have the resources needed to improve services, protect jobs for working Illinoisans and get folks to where they’re going faster and safer,” Duckworth said. “I’m proud to see the American Rescue Plan continuing to benefit Chicago and all of Illinois during this pandemic and beyond, and I’ll keep working to help ensure our state’s transportation systems have the support they need.”

“Reliable and affordable public transportation is critically important for Chicago residents and essential for our region’s economic recovery. This American Rescue Plan funding builds upon additional federal relief that allowed the CTA to remain the only major U.S. transit agency that did not reduce scheduled service throughout the pandemic” Durbin said. “Senator Duckworth and I will continue working to bring more federal funds home to support our transit systems.” 

This funding is part of more than $30 billion for public transportation in the American Rescue Plan signed into law by President Biden last March. The funding comes from the $26.6 billion allocated by statutory formulas to urban and rural areas, Tribal governments, and for the enhanced mobility of seniors and individuals with disabilities. ARP also included $2.2 billion for additional transit pandemic-associated needs, which will be awarded by FTA later this year.