CMAQ is a federally funded reimbursement program administered through the KYTC’s Office of Local Programs. The award will fund the replacement of four diesel buses with four electric-hybrid buses in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This increases TANK’s existing fleet of electric-hybrid buses that run on a battery in stop-and-go traffic and are powered by a diesel engine when traffic is free-flowing at higher speeds.
CMAQ is a transportation improvement program focused on funding innovative transportation projects or programs that will reduce congestion and improve air quality. Kentucky receives CMAQ funds each year for areas designated as non-attainment or maintenance for National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). Nine projects statewide were selected for the awards.
“These funds support the Cabinet’s priority to provide a safe, efficient and environmentally sound transportation network,” said Secretary Greg Thomas. “CMAQ funds help reduce transportation-related emissions and traffic congestion in the region.”
CMAQ funds are available to state and local government agencies as well as private entities through public-private partnerships. Nonprofit organizations may also apply in partnership with a state or local government agency. Recipients provide a 20% local match and are responsible for executing the project.