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Public transit systems get $3.7B boost in COVID aid

A Metro Bus letting off passeng at a stop.
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Public transit systems, like the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, straining to win back riders after being crushed by the COVID-19 pandemic, are getting a $3.7 billion boost to stay afloat and invest in electric buses.

It's part of several initiatives announced Monday by the Biden administration to promote green-friendly transit, as workers begin returning to offices.

The Transportation Department said it's awarding $2.2 billion in coronavirus relief funding to 35 transit agencies in 18 states. The money would be used to prop up day-to-day operations hurt by lost revenue from reduced ridership.

Another $1.5 billion in grants will be made available under Biden's infrastructure law to purchase low-emission buses and build bus facilities.

Mark Wozniak, WBFO's local All Things Considered host, has been at WBFO since mid-1978.