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Grant Impacts: Moving People, Not Cars

How does an infrastructure project help shape a city around its residents? Chris Nevitt, Denver's Transit Oriented Development Manager, discusses just that in this short video.

Electrify America:  Lighting the Way for Electric Vehicles (EVs)

Electric cars have been making headlines lately. Spurred by Volvo's decision to only introduce hybrid or battery powered models starting in 2019, media outlets have been speculating on the death knell of the internal combustion engine. While no one knows exactly when or if this will really happen, planners and transportation departments for state and local government understand that green cars are the future, and that necessary infrastructure needs to be established to support their use. Electrify America, from the auto manufacturer Volkswagen, may be one potential source of funding for advancing Zero Emissions Vehicles (ZEVs).

Tribal & Rural Transportation:  CTAA Short-Term Assistance

The Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) is a national professional membership association dedicated to making affordable, efficient transportation available to everyone. In support of that goal, it conducts research, provides technical assistance, education, and advocacy around transportation-related issues. It also administers short-term assistance programs for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for small scale transportation issues in tribal and rural areas.

Federal Transit Grants - The Low or No Emission Bus Program

Thirty-seven million metric tons of CO2 emissions annually! That is how much would be saved if Washington, DC, New York City, Atlanta, Denver and Los Angeles stopped using electricity! While that is not likely to happen anytime soon, according to the American Public Transportation Association, 37 million metric tons of CO2 emissions is also the amount public transportation saves us each year. While that is an impressive statistic, The Federal Transit Administration is offering a Low or No Emission Bus Grant Program to help our transit system do even better; this program's ambitious objective is to turn our bus fleet into the greenest and cleanest in the world.

Complete Streets:  An Economic Analysis Beyond Numbers

Today's guest blogger is Scott Lane, Senior Transportation Planner at Stantec.   Scott will be talking about the necessary  ingredients in   achieving success  for complete street projects.  Following the post is a link to his free webinar "Creating Value:  Assessing the Return on  Investment in Complete Streets" which may be  of benefit to both grant seekers and grant recipients.

 

 

Infrastructure Grants - The ATCMTD

6.9 billion hours! That is the amount of time Americans spend stuck in traffic, according to a 2014 study by Texas A&M Transportation Institute and INRIX. That translates into $690 a year in wasted fuel for the average driver. Of course, not everyone is trapped in commuter gridlock. Times vary by location. No matter where live, however, we all appreciate infrastructure improvements. Part of the FAST Act, the Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) Initiative is providing grants to make US travel safer and more efficient for everyone.

FASTLANE Grants - Keeping Our Economic Engines Running

In 2013, an average of 55 million tons of freight per day moved through the US transportation system, with a value of more than $49.3 billion. Safe, reliable infrastructure is vital to keep the country operating smoothly. So vital, in fact, that the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act was signed into law in December 2015 to improve mobility on our highways, create jobs and economic growth and promote innovation in transportation. FASTLANE grants are a direct result of the FAST Act. According to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, “FASTLANE grants give us an opportunity to identify and invest strategically in those projects that are critical to keeping our nation’s economic engine running.”

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