Funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will address climate crisis
Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) is announcing $264,847,619 in federal funding for Pennsylvania from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration to reduce carbon emissions and develop carbon reduction strategies. The funding, made possible by the new Carbon Reduction Program (CRP) created by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), will be used to help states reduce carbon emissions from the transportation sector, including new infrastructure to support electrification of vehicles and projects to construct Bus Rapid Transit corridors. Pennsylvania has already received $50,892,693 of this IIJA carbon reduction funding for 2022.
“This funding is a positive step towards decreasing carbon emissions, thanks to the Biden Administration and the infrastructure law. By investing in new projects to reduce pollution on our Nation’s highways, we can ease the burden on our planet, lower costs for families and create infrastructure jobs. I will continue to bring infrastructure funding home to Pennsylvania and advance projects to combat the climate crisis,” said Senator Casey.
In 2018, the transportation sector accounted for 25 percent of all Pennsylvania greenhouse gas emissions and the Commonwealth was responsible for approximately 269 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent being emitted into the atmosphere. Under the CRP, states will use funding to develop and implement carbon reduction strategies to address congestion pricing, public transportation projects, off-road trail development and deployment of alternative fuel vehicles.