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Bill Proposes up to $1 Billion on Clean Transportation

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On Monday, America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019 was introduced in the Senate. The long-awaited bill proposes transportation projects’ spending, including a maximum of $1 billion in spending on clean transportation.

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What the bill entails

America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019 proposes that over the next five years an astounding $287 billion be spent on transportation projects. Furthermore, the bill specifies that up to $1 billion of that amount, which is roughly .35% of the total spending, could be utilized for clean transportation.

In particular, the $1 billion would go to states so that they could make an “alternative-fuel” infrastructure. The potential infrastructure that states could build includes biodiesel, natural gas, ethanol, or hydrogen stations.

Another option is for the development of more public electric car-charging stations and more DC fast-charging sites. This would be great news for drivers looking for more places to charge their electric cars.

According to Wood Mackenzie’s analysis, which is cited in GreenTechMedia, if the entirety of the $1 billion would go only to electric-car charging infrastructure, electric vehicle charging would gain a 47% increase in spending.

The bill also proposes that $3 billion of spending should go to projects that assist in reducing the carbon emissions of states. Such projects could include increasing carpool lanes and lowering traffic congestion. If a state lowers its carbon emissions, it has the chance to compete for grant money to the tune of $500 million.

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America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019 could bring interesting new changes to transportation infrastructure. Specifically, the spending on clean transportation could make environmentally friendly electric car even more convenient to drive.

News Source: Green Car Reports