The public transportation agency that serves Lyon, Caldwell and seven other western Kentucky counties has received more than a half-million dollars to help costs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear’s Office announced more than $6.4 million for 16 public transit agencies across the state through the CARES Act. The funds, awarded to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, will cover a variety of operating costs, including security and disinfection equipment, electronic ticketing, office equipment and supplies, transit vehicles and more.

Hopkinsville-based Pennyrile Allied Community Services was awarded $571,342.

“Those transit agencies have been hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, through lost ridership and lost revenues,” Beshaer said during a news. “It’s important to keep them on the road, because public transit is a lifeline for thousands of our fellow Kentuckians. Public transportation is how they get to jobs, medical appointments, the grocery and other places of business.”

Also Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel’s office announced Wednesday roughly $4.9 million in housing relief funds distributed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Housing Choice Voucher Program.