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Coronavirus bill would provide $114 billion to prop up faltering transportation networks

As states have expanded orders and advice to people to remain at home in an effort to slow the spread of the virus, the numbers of people traveling and buying tickets for planes and trains has slowed to a trickle. On Tuesday, the Transportation Security Administration reported a nearly 90 percent decline in passenger numbers compared to last year. Transit agencies across the country have described similar drop-offs in demand.

The provisions in the congressional deal are designed to ensure that businesses don’t go bankrupt or public agencies default on their debts before passenger numbers recover.

Some details in the $2 trillion legislation were still being finalized, but in a presentation Wednesday afternoon, Jeff Davis, a senior fellow at the Eno Center for Transportation, said he did not expect any changes to affect the final figures for transportation.

The bill is expected to pass the Senate on Wednesday before heading

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