March 07, 2022

Neguse Announces $53 Million for Colorado RTD, $1.47 Billion Available in Additional Grant Funding for Electric Buses

Washington D.C.— Today, Congressman Joe Neguse announced that Colorado’s Regional Transportation District (RTD) will receive $53,240,645 in funding from the American Rescue Plan to support day-to-day operations, cleaning and sanitization and maintaining critical staffing levels. RTD is one of 35 recipients in 18 states to benefit from this round of transit funding from the American Rescue Plan. Additionally, Neguse announced today that $1.47 billion in additional funding is now available in competitive grant funds to modernize electric bus fleets through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. 

As a vocal advocate for the necessity of expanding electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure and a key player in the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Congressman Neguse has been at the forefront of the effort to move this initiative through Congress. 

“It is clearer than ever that we need to make major investments in strong, effective and green infrastructure that will support future generations and can always be relied on,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “The Biden-Harris Administration’s dedication to making these changes for future generations will be felt throughout communities across Colorado, many of which are leading the push to put electric vehicles on the road. I look forward to seeing the benefits of this program take effect and will continue to do all I can to put Coloradans to work reducing America’s carbon footprint.”

“Essential public transit workers have been on the front lines of the pandemic for two years, keeping our economy moving and helping Americans get where they need to go,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “This additional funding from the American Rescue Plan is helping communities across the country keep transit workers on the job and keep their trains and buses running.”

American Rescue Plan Additional Assistance funding is being provided to transit agencies that demonstrated a need for additional financial support to cover expenses related to day-to-day operations, cleaning and sanitization, combating the spread of pathogens on transit systems, and retaining employees.

Electric vehicle grants will be distributed by the FTA in one of two ways; either through the Low or No Emission (Low-No) Grant Program – which helps transit agencies purchase or lease U.S.-built low or no emission vehicles that use advanced technologies, including related equipment or facilities, for transit revenue operations – or the Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program – which helps transit agencies purchase and rehabilitate buses, vans, and related equipment, and build bus facilities. Fort Collins, Estes Park, Boulder, Vail, Breckenridge and Eagle County all received funds from the Low or No Emission (Low-No) Grant Program after 

Additionally, Congressman Joe Neguse helped deliver over $8 million in EV infrastructure this year, part of a total $57 million investment over the next five years that will go directly to the construction of EV charging stations. Neguse has been touring how local leaders are building EV infrastructure in their communities, he visited the EV charging project at the North Boulder Rec Center in Boulder, CO and an electric bus facility in South Fort Collins in February – the Congressman was able to take a test ride on the city's fully electric bus. 

Instructions for applying to the grants can be found on FTA’s website and in the GRANTS.GOV (funding opportunity FTA 2022-001-TPM-LWNO for Low-No and FTA 2022-002-TPM-BUSC for Buses and Bus Facilities). Complete proposals must be submitted electronically 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on May 31, 2022.

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Secretary Buttigieg recently visited Colorado to tout investments in infrastructure, view photos here.