First Transit Gets $1.6 Million Boost For COVID Related Losses

By: Shawn Magrath

First Transit gets $1.6 million boost for COVID related losses Chenango First Transit is eligible for $1.6 million in federal dollars to offset costs directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic. (File Photo)

NORWICH – Chenango First Transit, a private bussing company holding a public-private contract with Chenango County, is in line for $1.6 million that's being funneled through county government to help offset financial inflictions of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funds were greenlighted by the Chenango County Board of Supervisors earlier this month. According to a board resolution, an estimated $1.2 million will be used up by First Transit by the end of 2020. Remaining funds will be set aside for future transit operations.

The money comes by way of the bipartisan federal CARES Act, which passed the federal legislature back in March. The legislation allows for funding for local and state governments to collect assistance to counteract financial losses for community transportation services that were incurred due to the pandemic.

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