The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced 25 projects in 17 states will receive a share of approximately $8.5 million in funding through the Helping Obtain Prosperity for Everyone (HOPE) program.
The money is supposed to help “create better lives for people in rural communities and areas experiencing long-term economic distress,” according to a news release.
“This $8.5 million federal investment in the transportation systems of economically distressed communities will help give residents better access to jobs and vital services,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao said in a news release.
HOPE grant recipients will receive funding to support planning and technical studies to improve transit, such as evaluating new routes, creating new connections and incorporating modern technologies.
“We are pleased to partner with these grant recipients to find new ways to help rural residents reach the jobs and critical services they need, particularly during the COVID-19 public health emergency,” FTA Deputy Administrator K. Jane Williams said in a news release.