Gov. Steve Beshear and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) officials announced the award of $2,501,591 in Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds to LexTran (public transportation bus system serving Lexington), more than $1.2 million to the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, and more than $3 million for three projects in Jefferson County. All funds aim to improve safety and air quality in the region.
LexTran will use the funding to purchase seven buses powered by compressed natural gas to serve Kentucky’s second-largest city. “To have a healthy Commonwealth, we must have clean air. And CMAQ funding helps us in working toward that goal,” said Governor Beshear.
Moreover, Jefferson County will get more than $3 million for three different grants: $2.32 million to Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government and Kentuckiana Cleanfuel, which formed a public-private partnership to construct three fast-fill CNG stations; $384,000 to Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government to replace two diesel garbage packer trucks with CNG trucks; and $300,000 to Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government and M & M Cartage Co., to replace five diesel trucks with new CNG trucks.
Additionally, Governor Beshear will award $1.25 million in CMAQ funds to Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government to help the local government build a compressed natural gas fueling station.
Source: Commonwealth of Kentucky, Office of the Governor