By The Star Staff
Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón announced Monday that the Public Transportation Emergency Relief Program Grant awarded Puerto Rico $13.2 million for the Urban Train and the Municipality of Arroyo.
“It’s good to see how federal funds continue to flow directly to local agencies and municipalities so they can continue to move rebuilding efforts forward,” the resident commissioner said in a written statement. “In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, I fought to be on the T&I [Transportation and Infrastructure] Committee precisely because I knew that most of the discussion about rebuilding critical infrastructure would originate here. In every hearing, in every piece of legislation in this Committee and in the House as a whole, I make it a point to ensure that Puerto Rico is included. I commend the ACT [the Spanish initials for the Puerto Rico Highways and Transportation Authority] and the Municipality of Arroyo for maximizing the resources available and applying for the grants available through this program.”
From the item, the ACT will receive $13.2 million for the Urban Train emergency system.
The Municipality of Arroyo, meanwhile, will receive $6,769 for the maintenance of a municipal parking lot.
Funding comes from the Federal Transportation Administration under the fiscal year 2023 Emergency Grant Opportunities for Public Transit Systems Impacted by Major Disasters Declared in Calendar Years 2017 and 2020 through 2022.