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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

U.S. Rep. Lawrence Announces $1.2 Million Grant Award to the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan

December 15, 2020
Press Release

Detroit, MI – Today, Representative Brenda L. Lawrence announced a total of $1,271,980 in grant awards to the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan (RTA) by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). This funding comes from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act, passed in March 2020, provided $25 billion to the FTA to assist transit agencies with expenses related to COVID-19. The funds will be used to support the operations of M1 RAIL’s Q Line Streetcar, which operates along Woodward Avenue in Detroit.

“I am pleased that the RTA was awarded this grant by the FTA to support public transportation expenses during this crisis,” said Rep. Lawrence. “Safe, reliable public transportation is critical for Detroiters providing essential services during this pandemic. Those who rely on the Q Line in Detroit should not have to worry about its safety or the continuity of operations.”


  • The CARES Act provided $25 billion to the Federal Transit Administration to support transit agencies’ expenses related to COVID-19;
  • The FTA has awarded $1,271,980 million to the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan to support operations of M1 RAIL’s Q Line Streetcar;
  • The Q Line Streetcar runs along Woodward Avenue, from Downtown Detroit through Midtown, New Center and the North End;
  • This funding will be used for operational expenses which include physical security, safety, and WiFi services.