August 2020 Edition
There’s no question that many programs were hit hard during the COVID-19 pandemic. Public transit agencies, including our CKCATS, are one of those that have been dealing with this difficult situation. However, some good news to pass along related to our transportation efforts is Governor Andy Beshear’s announcement that the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has been awarded more than $6.4 million to help public transit agencies continue operating during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The funding, part of the CARES Act, is from the Federal Transit Administration. KYTC will distribute the money in grants to 16 public transit agencies serving 79 counties across Kentucky. CKCATS will receive $426,927 for the purchase of 12 expansion vans. There is a wide range of eligible operational expenses, including purchases of fuel and procurement of personal protective equipment such as masks, gloves, disinfectant wipes, disinfection services and protective barriers between drivers and passengers, electronic ticketing, and office supplies. Like other agencies, CKCATS continues to bounce back from the effects of this pandemic, but are struggling business-wise, and this funding is sorely needed to keep services running and our people protected.
CKCATS and our many other essential workers continue to work daily during this COVID-19 crisis to provide the needed services that change people’s lives, embody the spirit of hope, improve communities, and make our areas a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other. More to come………………..much more.