Tribal Nations To Receive COVID-19 Funding To Meet Transportation Needs

Published: Monday, July 20, 2020 - 8:25am
Updated: Monday, July 20, 2020 - 8:26am
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The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Arizona tribes more than $4 million to support transit operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funding is part of the CARES Act and will help tribal governments with local transportation.

The Navajo Nation will receive about $1.5 million for Arizona transit.

That includes money for protective equipment and cleaning supplies.

Navajo Nation spokesman Byron Shorty said that the shuttle stopped while the Navajo Nation came to grips with the pandemic, but it provides a valuable service.

“So I think everybody is looking forward to that reopening, and with this funding especially, the PPE, and making sure that employees and passengers are safe is such a good thing.”

The San Carlos Apache Tribe will receive about $1.8 million for operations and preventative maintenance.

The White Mountain Apache Tribe will also receive funding for its transit operations.

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