Colorado Economic Recovery and Accountability

Press Release - Recovery Act to Reduce Energy Consumption

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, SEPT. 21, 2009

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TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY LAHOOD AND FTA ADMINISTRATOR ROGOFF ANNOUNCE $1.1 MILLION IN RECOVERY ENERGY CONSUMPTION
Transit Agency Competed for a Share of New $100 Million Program For Green Projects


The Obama Administration today announced Denver Regional Transit District (RTD) was was among the transit agencies awarded a share of $100 million in Economic Recovery Act funds for pursuing cutting-edge environmental technologies to help reduce global warming, lessen America's dependence on oil and create green jobs.


"Denver RTD is showing how investing in green transportation not only helps the planet and strengthens our economy, but also creates jobs in Colorado," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.


The Denver transit agency will use the funds from two separate grants totaling $1.1 million to improve the heating system at bus maintenance facilities in Aurora and Boulder. These projects will replace old boilers with new ones that have advanced control systems that operate based on load demand rather than outside temperature.

"These grants will put Americans to work now while improving our environment in the future," said Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff. "The transit industry continues to be at the forefront of reducing pollution and creating a cleaner, safer environment for the nation."

Denver RTD's proposal was among 43 winning projects selected in nationwide competition for $100 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) funds. In addition to being evaluated on their anticipated reduction in energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, proposals were also rated on their return on investment, readiness to implement, the capacity of the applicant, the degree of innovation, and their national applicability.

Transit agencies began submitting their proposals after the FTA announced rules for the Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) grant program as part of the Recovery Act last March.

Since President Obama signed ARRA into law on Feb. 17, 2009, grants totaling more than $7.2 billion have been made available for transit improvements throughout the nation.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has made $48.1 billion available for highway, road, transit, bridge and airport construction and repairs nationwide. Of that, $26.5 billion already has been obligated to fund more than 8,500 approved projects in 55 U.S. States and Territories.