Congressman Neguse Announces Over $181 Million for Colorado Public Transportation
Funding was allocated by provisions in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and is part of the largest-ever investment in American transit services
Washington, D.C. — Today, Congressman Joe Neguse announced that Colorado will receive $181,560,111 from the Federal Transit Agency (FTA) for Fiscal Year 2022, this includes appropriated amounts from both the Mass Transit Account of the Highway Trust Fund and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is providing historic investments to Americans nationwide, rebuilding roads and bridges, advancing clean transportation, supporting communities, and reducing commute times. I am thrilled to see this funding make its way to the people of Colorado. The services provided by public transit agencies are invaluable and these funds will undoubtedly lead to great advancements in the modernization and expansion of our state’s buses, railways, trains, and more,” said Congressman Neguse. “I am honored to have played a role in this landmark piece of legislation and look forward to seeing the great strides this funding will make in our state.”
This allocation is part of a more than $20 billion investment in American transit enacted through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Funds can be used by transit agencies to buy new buses and railcars, address their repair backlogs, modernize their fleets, and transition to new technologies to address the climate crisis.
In November, Congress passed and President Biden signed into law the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, historic legislation to invest in the economy, rebuild crumbling roads and bridges and ensure American communities can compete in the 21st Century. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill will: repair roads and bridges—with the single largest dedicated bridge investment since the construction of the interstate highway system itself—invest in public transit and rail, expand broadband—ensuring every American has access to reliable high-speed internet; and secure clean water for our children. Thanks to the advocacy and leadership of Congressman Neguse, the bill also includes key priorities for the west – funds for wildfire prevention, a pay raise for federal wildland firefighters and investments in collaborative forest programs, such as the Joint Chiefs Landscape Restoration Partnership.
Colorado is already set to receive the following in federal funding from the historic law:
- $3.7 billion for highway projects, $716 million in FY 2022;
- $225 million for bridge replacement and repairs, $45 million in FY 2022;
- $917 million to improve public transportation, $54 million in FY 2022;
- $688 million for water infrastructure,
- $432 million for airports,
- $35 million for wildfire recovery, including $ 20 billion for the Colorado State University Forest Restoration Research;
- $57 million to support the expansion of an electric vehicle charging network throughout the state, $8 million in FY 2022; and
- A minimum of $100 million to help provide broadband coverage across the state.
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