Virus: Transit agencies gets federal money to help

SEATTLE (AP) — Transit agencies in the Puget Sound region will get more than $500 million in federal help to deal with the coronavirus outbreak. The Seattle Times reports the Federal Transit Administration announced this week how it would distribute $25 billion included in the recently passed federal coronavirus relief package. The funding is meant to backfill lost funding for transit systems and help cover extra cleaning costs, as ridership plummets and tax revenues sink.  Other cities in Washington will get some help, too, with about $23 million going to Spokane and $9 million to Bellingham. The state will get about $44 million to distribute to transit in rural areas.