By David Shepardson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Unions and commerce teams are searching for a minimum of $112.8 billion in further authorities help to rescue the struggling U.S. transport sector hit onerous by the collapse in journey demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in accordance with a Reuters assessment of funding requests.
A number of of the brand new requests have been made since Friday. With hundreds of thousands of staff and would-be vacationers staying at house, the teams search:
* $39.3 billion in emergency funding for public transit programs sought by the American Public Transportation Affiliation (APTA) and a number of other transportation unions.
* $40 billion for U.S. motorcoach, faculty bus and passenger vessel and ferry corporations.
* $15 billion sought by aviation unions to maintain airline workers of their jobs after March 30, when the most recent authorities help bundle expires.
* $17 billion sought by Airports Council Worldwide–North America and the American Affiliation of Airport Executives in a beforehand unreported Jan. 13 letter to assist “pay for debt service on their bonds, (and) hold their vital well being, security, and safety tasks on observe.”
* $1.5 billion in further emergency help sought by U.S. passenger railroad Amtrak by way of Sept. 30, which has acquired $2 billion in emergency funding from Congress since March. That funding is along with the $2 billion in annual authorities assist it acquired for the present price range yr.
Congress has accepted $39 billion since March 2020 to assist transit programs, together with $14 billion in December. It awarded $40 billion thus far in payroll help for U.S. airways, $12 billion for airports and airport concessionaires and $2 billion for bus and vessel industries.
President Joe Biden has referred to as for $20 billion for mass transit in a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 reduction invoice.
The transit unions and affiliation mentioned on Monday that transit programs want authorities assist to “present protected, dependable service.”
The bus and vessel teams mentioned in a letter on Monday the $2 billion awarded in December isn’t anticipated to be launched by the U.S. Treasury for a number of months and “is woefully insufficient to assist all our important industries return to something near pre-pandemic well being.”
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