File photo courtesy Sun Metro – taken in late 2019
Tuesday afternoon, officials with Sun Metro announced that the transit system is the recipient of a $225,000 grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) as part of its Public Transportation COVID-19 Research Program.
“We are extremely grateful to the FTA for this award. The funding is critical during the COVID-19 pandemic in supporting our innovative efforts to keep our passengers safe. The grant will allow us to develop and integrate a contactless payment system for tickets and passes,” said Sun Metro Managing Director Ellen Smyth.
The federal program will support Sun Metro in developing and deploying innovative solutions to improve operational efficiencies that enhance the transit experience.
FTA’s Public Transportation COVID-19 Research Demonstration Grant Program is part of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 public health emergency funding to aid transit agencies that were significantly impacted during the pandemic.