Infrastructure Law Supports Public Transit, Job Opportunities, and the Environment with Grant Programs to Modernize Buses and Facilities
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-07) announced that the Federal Transit Authority will award $1.47 billion in competitive grants to modernize bus fleets and facilities expanding affordable, accessible transportation options across the country.
The grants, which are funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, advance efforts to expand the availability of electric zero-emission and low-emission school buses and commercial trucks while advancing lower emissions from Ports through clean infrastructure upgrades. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law represents the single largest investment in public transit in history.
This year, $1.1 billion will be available for the Federal Transit Administration’s Low or No Emission (Low-No) Grant Program to help transit agencies advance technology and equipment with low or no emission vehicles. $372 million will be available for the FTA’s Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program to help purchase and fix transit vehicles and build bus facilities. The combined funding level for the two programs increased by 150% over the previous year.
Congresswoman Bourdeaux supported the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority’s successful application for the Low-No Program to integrate electric vehicles into XPress GA’s bus fleet and help reduce noise and pollution, while also providing its Forsyth and Gwinnett riders with a better customer experience.
“Once again, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is again delivering on its promise to improve our local transit infrastructure for its users and our climate,” said Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux. “One of the major impediments to economic development in Gwinnett and Forsyth is congestion and the lack of rapid transit options. The available grant funding gives local transit agencies the opportunity to upgrade and improve their fleets with electric vehicles that produce less pollution and noise. Through investing in public transit, this funding will help ease congestion, improve the rider experience, and increase transit options in all corners of our community.”
“This is another example of President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in action. We’re making the largest ever investment in this program for buses and bus facilities, helping to deliver better commutes and cleaner air to American communities,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.
“Manufacturing thousands of new, American-built buses will create jobs all over our nation, offering cleaner, faster and safer rides as we move toward a better transportation future,” said FTA Administrator Fernandez. “When transit agencies are applying for these grants, they will propose projects that address climate change, improve air quality, open new opportunities and include workforce training to help workers transition to operating and maintaining these new, clean energy fleets.”
Background: The total funding received from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law over the next five years for the Low-No Program is $5.5 billion, more than 10 times the funding than the previous five years. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law also provides the Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program with nearly $2 billion over the next five years. Instructions to apply for grant programs can be found on FTA’s website and GRANTS.gov.
Today’s news follows President Biden and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s announcement earlier this week on available FTA grant funding provided by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux lives with her family in Suwanee, Georgia, and represents Georgia’s 7th Congressional District in the 117th Congress. Carolyn is a strong advocate for affordable health care, and economic recovery that puts workers and small businesses first, and investing in her district’s world-class public education system and transportation infrastructure.
Georgia’s fast-changing 7th Congressional District includes portions of the northeast Atlanta metropolitan area, including portions of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties and cities Peachtree Corners, Berkeley Lake, Sugar Hill, Norcross, Cumming, Lawrenceville, Duluth, Snellville, Lilburn, Suwanee, Grayson, and Buford.