Sens. Chris Dodd and Joe Lieberman along with U.S. Reps. Rosa DeLauro and John Larson announced that Connecticut has been awarded a $2.3 million competitive grant to purchase hybrid buses that will provide energy-efficient transit options for Connecticut commuters and help reduce global warming.
This funding will build on the $7 million awarded to ConnDOT in 2009 through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act’s (ARRA) Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) program, which Senator Dodd authored as the Chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee. This round of TIGGER funding will enable ConnDOT to purchase four new hybrid buses.
“This investment in hybrid buses will provide quality, energy-efficient public transportation options for Connecticut commuters while reducing congestion on our roads and protecting our environment,” said Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT). “This funding will help bolster Connecticut’s role as a national leader for green public transportation and the long-term economic growth of our state.”
“This additional investment in clean energy buses will keep Connecticut on the cutting edge of technological innovation,” said Senator Joe Lieberman (ID-CT). “Not only will these buses improve the efficiency of our transportation system, but the technology they use will help reduce our reliance on foreign oil and improve our air quality too.”
“These funds will build upon the grant Connecticut received last year, and enable our state to invest in green infrastructure while supporting future economic growth. Clean energy buses will save millions in fuel costs, reduce our environmental impact, and better link our communities together,” said Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03).
“Today’s announcement, paired with the recent unveiling of four new fuel cell powered buses for the CTTransit fleet, solidifies Connecticut’s standing as a national leader in clean energy transit,” said Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01). “This important investment in the transportation future of our region will help wean us off our dependence on foreign oil and clean up the air we breathe.”
In 2009, $100 million in ARRA funds administered by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) were set aside to create Dodd’s TIGGER competitive grant program. 224 applications totaling $2 billion were submitted for this round of funding. The FTA continued this successful program with $75 million in funds made available through the FY 2010 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill. Dodd authored this effort to provide incentives for innovative new transportation technologies that will help reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and cut greenhouse gas emissions while helping to provide clean affordable transportation options for citizens. More information on the TIGGER program is available at http://fta.dot.gov.