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President Obama is committed to investing in sustainable transportation that helps more Americans go to work and school and enables cities and communities save money.
Today, we are announcing the availability of $59.3 million dollars for 27 projects that will help public transit continue to put buses and other vehicles on the road that are clean, green, reliable and more efficient than ever.
These funds are provided through the Federal Transit Administration’s Clean Fuels Grant Program and they will help transit agencies across the country.
This program is very popular.
Transit agencies like it because these projects help them save money by replacing old buses with hybrids or vehicles that run on more efficient alternative fuels like compressed natural gas.
Riders like it because greener buses equal less air pollution in their neighborhoods.
And updated buses mean a safer, more comfortable, and more reliable ride.
The demand for these projects is strong and demonstrates the need in communities across the country.
This year, we received requests totaling more than half a billion dollars.
Our Clean Fuels Program fits right in with all the progress the Obama Administration is making on clean energy.
We’re setting new fuel economy standards for cars and trucks and investing in innovative technologies, like battery-powered electric buses, that will deliver clean, renewable power to generations of transit vehicles for years to come.
And now I’ll turn the call over to FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff, who will provide more details about these grants.