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Metro Atlanta agencies will get $370.9 million of the money, Gov. Brian Kemp’s office announced Monday. Most of that will go to MARTA, with various county and regional services receiving the rest. Here’s a breakdown:
-- MARTA: $298,641,024
-- Xpress: $25,731,752
-- Gwinnett County: $19,821,538
-- Cobb County: $18,039,756
-- Cherokee County: $2,777,825
-- Henry County: $2,755,867
-- Douglas County: $2,523,816
-- Atlanta Regional Commission: $510,264
-- Center for Pan Asian Community Services: $145,918
Elsewhere, Augusta, Columbus and Savannah also will receive money. And the Georgia Department of Transportation will distribute $75 million to rural transit systems, plus an additional $49.7 million to numerous small urban systems such as Albany, Gainesville and Macon.
Transit agencies have been struggling amid the pandemic as fewer passengers translates into less farebox revenue. Last week MARTA reported that sales tax revenue is also suffering with much of the economy on hold, leading to a budget crunch.
MARTA and other agencies have cut service during the pandemic. MARTA says the federal bailout will buy time, but it won't entirely fill the hole in its budget.