U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning that the Bay Area will receive more than $700 million in federal funding.
According to the tweet, the funds will be used to support continued operations and workers at San Francisco International Airport, as well as transit services like BART and Muni amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
“This money will aid in economic recovery!”
According to BART Board of Directors member Janice Li, the $700 million Trump is referring to is from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was passed by Congress in March.
She said on Twitter:
“If he cared about BART (he doesn’t), he and Mitch McConnell would move forward with passing and signing the HEROES Act for the next $3T of critical emergency relief funding.”
The HEROES, or Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions, Act was passed by the House last week and proposes a $3 trillion stimulus bill.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, BART, Muni and other Bay Area transit agencies have reported historic drops in ridership.