Washington, D.C. – The U.S. government has committed US$826.5 million to modernize and repair transit vehicle and facilities across the country and promote the widespread use of sustainable clean fuel. The funding will be available in fiscal year 2012.
The government is asking for proposals for three of the top policy priorities:
– State of good repair. Approximately $650 million will be available for projects aimed at replacing or rehabilitating transit infrastructure and for transit asset management. The additional new funding is part of a $1.5 billion commitment for three years to over 300 projects. As transit ridership continues to increase, the government will also consider requests to help address ongoing capacity constraints that can limit a transit agency’s ability to maintain vehicles and equipment.
– Livability – Approximately $125 million is available for projects that will improve the quality of life through expanded transportation choices, new and better intermodal connections, reduced congestion and/or services aimed at economically disadvantaged populations, including senior citizens and those with disabilities.
– Clean Fuels – Approximately $51.5 million is available to help communities meet national air quality standards that they do not currently meet. The program also supports the development and marketing of emerging clean fuel and advanced propulsion technologies for transit buses.