February 07, 2022

Congressman Neguse Secures $54 Million in New Public Transit Funding for Colorado through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Washington, DC— Today, Congressman Joe Neguse announced that Colorado will receive its first $54 million to upgrade public transit systems under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The funding, administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration, is the first round of a five-year $917 million investment in Colorado public transit that will cut down on commute times, reduce emissions, and support good-paying transit jobs across the state.

“My support for the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law was built out of conversations with Mayors and County Commissioners across our state whose local infrastructure was underserved by the federal government for decades,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “Expanding access to public transit is a top priority for many communities I represent, and they want to see Congress prioritize climate resiliency through our infrastructure. These federal dollars represent the first step towards making those critical investments a reality. I am committed to working with our state and local leaders to ensure that Coloradans soon feel the tangible benefits of this historic legislation.”

Transit systems have suffered from decades of underinvestment, causing disruptions and increasing travel times for passengers. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, signed by President Biden in November 2021, represents the largest-ever investment in America’s public transit.  

In Colorado, this first round of transit funding includes:

  • $33,998,587 in flexible funding to help communities make transit safer and more efficient, funding new buses and rail cars, track and station repairs and other safety initiatives;
  • $12,541,786 to ensure transit systems are in a state of good repair, improving reliability by rehabilitating trains and buses, tracks, power systems and transit stations;
  • $3,437,118 to upgrade bus fleets and repair old buses and bus facilities; and
  • $3,437,118 to support transit for seniors and persons with disabilities, funding key resources such as wheelchair lifts, mobility management programs and accessible transit vehicles.

This new public transit funding totals nearly $6 billion for transit agencies, states and Tribal governments across the country for the first 4.5 months of fiscal year 2022. More information about the Federal Transit Administration here.

Transit systems have suffered from decades of underinvestment, causing disruptions and increasing travel times for passengers. The American Society of Civil Engineers gave Colorado a C- grade on its Infrastructure Report Card, finding many deficiencies that require immediate attention.  With this funding – and more to come – the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will provide Colorado’s local leaders with the resources they need to make transit safer and create good-paying jobs.

Background:

Congressman Joe Neguse secured the passage of several key priorities for Colorado in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Last month, Congressman Neguse helped deliver $45 million for Colorado to fix bridges this year in FY 2022, which will go directly to the construction and improvement of bridges in Colorado and will create millions of good-paying jobs for Coloradans. Neguse also announced that Colorado will receive $716,509,999 in the first round of funding under the five years of federal investment in Colorado highways. 

Additionally, the law includes investments in wildfire management and climate resiliency, including Congressman Neguse’s Joint-Chiefs Landscape Restoration Partnership Proposal, upgrades to America’s power grid to help communities prepare for climate related natural disasters and an extension of the Secure Rural Schools Program, a proposal Rep. Neguse has been pushing since he started in Congress.