By The Associated Press Washington (AP) — The $1,360 billion transportation bill passed by Congress this week has the potential to help Washington’s schools and communities with major infrastructure projects.
The bill includes $1 billion to help repair and upgrade roads and bridges and $400 million to help schools improve access to classrooms.
It also includes $200 million to build new schools in rural areas.
The funding is targeted for school districts with population of 50,000 or more, the largest of which are in the rural South.
Congress has set aside $1 trillion in the bill to help states and cities fund new infrastructure.
States will receive $100 million for a new school in a school district with at least 100 students.
In other states, counties and cities could receive $10 million.
In some cases, states could receive more money.
The bill also calls for a $300 million expansion of a program to provide cash to low-income families who don’t have the means to pay.
States will be able to use the money for grants to help people in need.
The money could also help with things like repairing floodwater damage or building roads in rural communities.
Schools could get additional money from other sources such as loans, a new transportation fund or a tax credit.
The new bill also includes a new program that allows states to establish “local school zones” to improve school access.
It could help schools like Seattle, where parents and teachers can agree on a school zone and receive a grant for $1 million each.
It is not clear how the bill would work in practice.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill on Tuesday with just two Republicans, Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., and Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R, N.C.
The House vote was 218-201.
The Senate passed the legislation on Tuesday.