Coronavirus Relief Funds for Transit

KCATA is the designated recipient of federal Urbanized Area Formula Funds allocated to the Kansas City region for transit. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress passed three federal funding programs that include critical funding for transit agencies throughout the region. These programs are for the purpose of supplementing lost revenues, including sales tax, passenger fares and local support, along with operating and capital expenses, including additional expenses specifically related to COVID-19.

As the regional designated recipient of federal transit funds, KCATA is responsible for management, allocation, and distribution of the funds in the region. In collaboration with the Mid-America Regional Council, KCATA has developed the following policy for allocation to regional transit partners. The KCATA board approved the regional allocation of Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) funding in May 2020. The board approved regional allocation of Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) funding in March 2021.

Allocations from CARES, CRRSSA and ARP allow transit operations to continue without depleting transit reserve funds.

The final allocation of funding by agency is:

KCATA Direct Allocation 36,528,712 13,327,036  
KC Streetcar  1,600,000 524,657  
Johnson County  7,110,900 3,476,715  
Unified Government 4,417,020 1,506,686  
Independence  1,614,532 803,679  
Total Agency Allocation   19,638,773  
Total Regional Takedowns   16,000,000  
Total Allocation $51,271,163 $35,638,773 $66,000,000