Birmingham, AL Council OKs Partial Transit Funding through the end of 2020

Despite delays in the city’s overall operating budget, the Birmingham City Council voted Tuesday to fund the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority through the end of 2020. The city will pay the BJCTA $5 million, divided into two quarterly installments of $2.5 million, “to make sure there’s no disruption in service at all” as the city enters for its months-long budget negotiations, Mayor Randall Woodfin said. Birmingham’s budget for the 2021 fiscal year, which officially started July 1, was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic as officials worked to ascertain the effect of business closures on city revenue. Budget discussions are now slated to begin next month. Woodfin has said he hopes a new budget, which would contain the remaining BJCTA funding, can be in effect by Oct. 1.