The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration today announced a new program that unlocks $6.4 billion in formula funding for states and localities over five years. The Carbon Reduction Program (CRP), created under the bipartisan infrastructure law, helps states develop and fund carbon reduction strategies. States also can use the funds to expand transportation options to help businesses and families save money on gas.
The Carbon Reduction Program funds a wide range of projects designed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from on-road highway sources — from installing infrastructure to support the electrification of freight vehicles or personal cars, to constructing Bus Rapid Transit corridors, to facilitating micro-mobility and biking. Precast concrete figures into the construction of many of these projects.
Eligible projects include on- and off-road trail facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists and other nonmotorized forms of transportation and projects that support the deployment of alternative fuel vehicles. These types of projects, which are determined at the state and local level but could be supported with federal funding, include zero emission vehicles and facilities, projects that support congestion pricing and travel demand strategies; truck stop and port electrification systems to reduce the environmental impacts of freight movement and carbon dioxide emissions at port facilities; and public transportation projects such as the construction of bus rapid transit corridors or dedicated bus lanes. Micro-mobility and electric bike projects, including charging infrastructure, may also be eligible.
FHWA previously announced state-by-state totals, which included funding for the CRP. In total, the U.S. Department of Transportation has sent $52.5 billion to states for Fiscal Year 2022 for Federal-aid Highway Program apportionments, which is determined by a formula set by Congress.
For more information about the new Carbon Reduction Program and guidance, visit FHWA’s web site and fact sheet. The five-year funding table for total estimated CRP state-by-state funding for Fiscal Years 2022-2026 is available here.