US DOT Announces Carbon Reduction Program

The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration has announced a new Carbon Reduction Program, offering 6.4 billion USD in funding over five years.

The Carbon Reduction Program was created under President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to help states develop carbon reduction strategies that address the climate crisis.

Carbon Reduction Programme
The funding will support public transportation projects including the construction of bus rapid transit corridors and dedicated bus lanes
US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said:

“As the sector generating the most carbon emissions in the US economy, transportation must play a leading role in solving the climate crisis. The Carbon Reduction Program will help reduce pollution from transportation and move us closer to the President’s ambitious goal of cutting emissions in half by 2030.”

The Carbon Reduction Program will fund projects that are designed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from highway traffic. This includes installing infrastructure to support the electrification of freight, transit, and personal vehicles, constructing bus rapid transit corridors and facilitating micromobility.

Eligible projects also include facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists and other non-motorised transport.

Deputy Federal Highway Administrator Stephanie Pollack said:

“This new programme provides states and local agencies in both urban and rural areas the flexibility and funding needed to reduce emissions and build a more sustainable transportation network that will benefit all travellers. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law makes transformative investments in our nation’s transportation infrastructure, and this is one of the key programmes that will help address the climate crisis.”

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