Trump tweets about TriMet receiving federal funds


The president put Portland in the spotlight

President Trump tweeted about TriMet, May 19 2020. (Twitter)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — President Donald Trump put Portland in the spotlight on Tuesday after tweeting about federal funds TriMet is receiving.

According to his tweet, the transportation agency will receive $184 million “in federal funds to support continued operations of their transit system.”

Last week, TriMet announced a series of new regulations to ensure safety on board, including requiring the of face coverings for employees and passengers. The said they learned about the funding through the CARES act last month.

“TriMet learned from the Federal Transit Administration last month that we will receive nearly $185 million ($184,924,979). This funding will help TriMet bridge the current funding gap due to losses in fare revenue with ridership down by nearly 70%. It also helps us stave off additional service cuts and potential layoffs, for now. With payroll tax revenue expected to be down significantly, which makes up roughly two-thirds of TriMet’s annual revenue, the full economic impact of COVID-19 on our transit agency remains to be seen,” they said in a statement.

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