Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced a CARES Act grant of $455,806 to Bristol Tennessee Transit:
"COVID-19 has affected every sector of our economy, and we need to be doing everything possible to get our economy reopened and to help folks get back on their feet. I'm pleased to see Northeast Tennessee receive another coronavirus relief grant made possible by the CARES Act. As the area recovers from financial instability caused by the coronavirus, this grant will help Bristol continue offering this vital service to our community."
Note: The CARES Act provided $25 billion for Transit Infrastructure Grants amid the coronavirus pandemic. Rep. Roe was present to support the CARES Act when it passed the House by voice on March 27, 2020, and was signed into law by President Trump that same day. The grant will be used to "support Bristol Tennessee Transit's operating, administrative, and preventive maintenance costs in order to respond to and recover from the COVID-19 public health emergency. Expenses include wages, fringe benefits, services, vehicle operating and maintenance, materials and supplies, utilities, insurance, and other costs for the mitigation of COVID-19."