• Jul 3, 2011
U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced that transit authorities can duke it out for a share of $101.4 million in federal funds by proposing innovative projects that promote the use of "clean fuels" for public transit. Says Secretary LaHood:
This money supports President Obama's plan to improve the environment and secure America's energy future. These investments will improve public transportation access for millions of Americans – all while reducing our dependence on oil, curbing air pollution, and easing pain at the gas pump.
Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff says that with soaring gas prices hitting Americans hard, public transit is becoming increasingly important. Hence the need to modernize much of the nation's outdated transit system.

Funds will be provided through the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) Sustainability Initiative, which includes $51.5 million from the FTA's Clean Fuels Grant Program and $49.9 million from the Administration's Transit Investment in Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction III Program. Grant recipients will be chosen through a competitive selection process based on their ability to maintain or reduce an area's National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone and carbon monoxide.

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Secretary LaHood Announces $101.4 Million to Promote Innovative Clean-Fuel Technologies in Transit

Transit Providers Around the U.S. Can Compete For Funds By Proposing Environmentally Sustainable Transit Projects


WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced that transit providers will be able to compete for a share of $101.4 million in federal funding by proposing innovative projects that create 'green' jobs, promote the use of clean fuels and cut our nation's dependence on oil.

"This money supports President Obama's plan to improve the environment and secure America's energy future," said Secretary LaHood. "These investments will improve public transportation access for millions of Americans--all while reducing our dependence on oil, curbing air pollution, and easing pain at the gas pump."

The money is being provided competitively through the Federal Transit Administration's Fiscal Year 2011 Sustainability Initiative, which includes funding from two programs: $51.5 million from FTA's Clean Fuels Grant Program and $49.9 million from FTA's Transit Investment in Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) III Program.

"With high gasoline prices hitting families hard, investments in transit are more important than ever," said FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff. "By giving Americans more transportation choices, we're providing a win for their pocketbooks and for the environment."

Clean Fuels grant recipients will be chosen through a competitive selection process based on their ability to help communities achieve or maintain the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone and carbon monoxide, while supporting emerging clean fuel and advanced propulsion technologies for transit buses.

TIGGER III grants, which will also use a competitive selection process, will be awarded based on a project's ability to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions and provide a return on the investment.

Last year's 63 winning projects involved an array of environmental innovations, such as installing energy-efficient technologies at transit facilities, replacing traditional diesel-powered buses with low- or zero-emission vehicles, and building compressed natural gas fueling stations. Last year's winning proposals, chosen from among 274 applications from across the U.S. Click here.

In addition to announcing competitive funds available through the Sustainability Initiative, the FTA today also issued similar notices for two additional competitive programs: the $750 million State of Good Repair Initiative, which targets U.S. transit agencies' maintenance and repair backlogs, and the $175 million Livability Expansion Initiative, which will fund investments that support the DOT-HUD-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities.

For a list of all FTA FY 2011 Discretionary Funding Program, click here.


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