HRT To Receive Supplemental Funding

Hampton Roads Transit is the recipient of about $53.7 million in federal support intended to help it recover from the effects of the pandemic and the resulting loss in revenue when customers were staying home and off transit to help slow the spread of the disease. The award was announced by Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, both D-Virginia.

The funding, part of the American Rescue Plan (ARP), will enable HRT to continue the board’s multi-year strategy of providing critical transit services to support the recovery and resilience of the regional economy, said William Harrell, President and CEO of HRT. “This federal allotment will help mitigate ongoing risks and ensure long-term sustainability and operational performance of transit that supports citizens going to work, school, medical appointments, and other lifeline destinations,” Harrell said. “We applaud our Federal Delegation and the Administration for their commitment to our great nation.”

Senators Kaine and Warner expressed support for the region’s transit agency. “As we continue to rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is crucial that the federal government continue to provide the assistance needed to aid economic recovery.”

“We are glad to see these federal dollars go directly to Hampton Roads to invest in the region’s transportation grid.”
—Senators Kaine and Warner joint statement


ARP Additional Assistance Funding is awarded to transit systems demonstrating a need for additional assistance to cover operating expenses related to maintaining day-to-day operations, cleaning and sanitization, combating the spread of pathogens on transit systems and maintaining critical staffing levels. This funding is supplemental to the $56,164,715 in Federal Transit Authority (FTA) Urbanized Area Formula funds distributed through ARP.