The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration announced a new program that unlocks $6.4 billion in formula funding for states and localities over five years.
The new Carbon Reduction Program (CRP), created under the bipartisan Presidential Infrastructure Act, will help states develop national carbon reduction strategies and address the climate crisis facing our nation. States can use CRP funds to expand transportation options for American families, which can help them save money on gas.
Under the Carbon Reduction Program, Kentucky will receive $21.5 million in funding for fiscal year 2022 and is eligible to receive up to $111.8 million over five years to reduce transportation emissions through the development of state carbon reduction strategies and funding projects designed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. from on-road sources.
“As the most carbon-emitting sector in the U.S. economy, transportation must play a leading role in solving the climate crisis,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “The Carbon Cuts Program will help reduce pollution from transportation and bring us closer to the President’s ambitious goal of halving emissions by 2030.”
The Carbon Emissions Reduction Program will fund a wide range of projects designed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from on-road road sources – from installing infrastructure to supporting the electrification of freight vehicles or cars people, building bus rapid transit corridors, facilitating micro-mobility and cycling.
As part of the CRP, states must also develop carbon reduction strategies in consultation with metropolitan planning bodies to identify suitable projects and strategies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in their states, although that states and localities can begin using CRP funds even before plans are developed and revised.
“This new program provides states and local agencies in urban and rural areas with the flexibility and funding needed to reduce emissions and build a more sustainable transportation network that will benefit all travelers,” said Stephanie Pollack, Deputy Administrator. federal highways. “The bipartisan Infrastructure Act makes transformative investments in our country’s transportation infrastructure, and it’s one of the key programs that will help address the climate crisis.”
Eligible projects include on-road and off-road trail installations for pedestrians, cyclists and other non-motorized modes of transportation and projects that support the deployment of alternative fuel vehicles. These types of projects, which are determined at the state and local level but could be supported by federal funding, include zero-emission vehicles and facilities, projects that support congestion pricing, and strategies travel request; truck stops and port electrification systems to reduce the environmental impacts of cargo movement and carbon dioxide emissions at port facilities; and transit projects such as the construction of bus rapid transit corridors or dedicated bus lanes. Micro-mobility and e-bike projects, including charging infrastructure, may also be eligible.
The FHWA previously announced state-by-state totals, which included CRP funding. In total, the U.S. Department of Transportation sent $52.5 billion to states for fiscal year 2022 for federal highway assistance program allocations, which is determined by a formula established by Congress.
For more information on the new carbon reduction program and guidance released today, please visit the FHWA website and fact sheet. The five-year funding table for the total estimated CRP funding on a state-by-state basis for fiscal years 2022-2026 is available here.