April 29, 2021

Congressman Neguse Leads Letter to Increase Funding for the Low or No Emission Grant Program

The Low or No Emission Grant Program provides funding to states and local government authorities for zero-emission and low-emission public transportation and supporting infrastructure

Washington D.C.— Today, Congressman Joe Neguse, along with Congresswoman Julia Brownley and Congressman Tom Malinowski led a letter signed by 35 lawmakers to Appropriators in Congress, requesting increased funding for the Federal Transit Administration's Low or No (Low-No) Emission grant program. Since its conception, the Low-No program has provided critical funding for state, local, and tribal governments in their efforts to expand low emission bus transit systems. The program serves to both promote mobility, modernize infrastructure, and address climate change. The Low-No emission grant program has brought millions of dollars to cities throughout Colorado’s Second Congressional District. In 2018, Eagle County, Breckenridge, and Estes Park all secured significant funding for their emission-reducing transportation programs. The City of Boulder and Town of Vail used program funds in the previous year to replace diesel buses.

“Climate change is the existential threat of our time, one that requires us to take action in every aspect of our policy making,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “As we make much-needed investments in our nation’s infrastructure and transportation systems, it’s essential these investments acknowledge the climate crisis and put us on track to lower emissions. Across the 2nd district of Colorado, many of our cities and counties are setting ambitious renewable energy goals, and the Low or No Emission grant program will ensure our communities are equipped to meet those goals and combat the crisis.”

“New Jersey commuters are counting on us to move public transit into the 21st century,” said Representative Malinowski. “Prioritizing low and no emission buses will not only improve the air we breathe, it will help America win the race to a clean energy future, the key to our long term prosperity.”

“Addressing the climate crisis means reimagining our nation’s current transportation systems. That is why I joined Representatives Neguse and Malinowski in support of extending critical funding for the continuation of the Low-No program for Fiscal Year 2022,” said Congresswoman Julia Brownley. “This program has allowed us to significantly reduce greenhouse emissions and tackle the challenges of climate change by providing transit agencies the resources to invest in low emission public transportation. Extending the program will help us continue this work and help bolster President Biden’s ambitious climate change goal of increasing investment in electric vehicles and infrastructure. This is simply the right thing to do for our environment and for future generations.”

Last year, Congressman Neguse secured increased funding for the program by advocating for a $50 million appropriations increase. An increase in program funding for 2021 aligns with President Bidens’ climate change goals and infrastructure objectives. With the President’s agenda and a looming climate crisis, Congressman Neguse and other members of Congress see a $150 million increase for the 2021 fiscal year as necessary to spur new infrastructure and green public transportation across the country.

To read the letter sent to House Appropriations, click here.

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