House passes $2 trillion stimulus package with $25 billion for transit

March 27, 2020
The move follows the Senate's approval of the legislation, which now heads to the desk of the president for a signature.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act roughly 36 hours after the Senate passed the same legislation. The bill heads to the desk of the president for a signature. President Trump indicated that he will sign the legislation as soon as possible. 

The CARES Act includes $25 billion in emergency funding for transit agencies and slightly more than $1 billion in funding for Amtrak. Once enacted, the funds must be distributed within seven days. 

For more on the CARES Act, see Mass Transit's write up this week following its passage in the Senate

About the Author

Mischa Wanek-Libman | Group Editorial Director

Mischa Wanek-Libman serves as editor in chief of Mass Transit magazine and group editorial director of the Infrastructure and Aviation Group at Endeavor Business Media. She is responsible for developing and maintaining the editorial direction of the group and is based in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Wanek-Libman has spent more than 20 years covering transportation issues including construction projects and engineering challenges for various commuter railroads and transit agencies. She has been recognized for editorial excellence through her individual work, as well as for collaborative content. 

She is an active member of the American Public Transportation Association's Marketing and Communications Committee and serves as a Board Observer on the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) Board of Directors.  

She is a graduate of Drake University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a major in magazine journalism and a minor in business management.