Maryland DOT announces $55 million to reduce transportation emissions

April 1, 2024

The Maryland Department of Transportation is making $55 million available for projects that reduce transportation emissions. This funding comes from the Federal Highway Administrations’ (FHA) Carbon Reduction Program (CRP), which will dedicate $94 million to MDOT over five years.

With the transportation sector being the majority contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in Maryland, MDOT is seeking to fund projects that significantly reduce pollution, as laid out in the Climate Solutions Now Act. Eligible projects include energy-efficient traffic control lights, the deployment of alternative fuels and developing carbon reduction strategies. A full outline of project and application requirements can be found in the CRP implementation guide.

“To win the race against climate change, we need new and innovative projects that deliver cleaner transportation options,” MDOT Secretary Paul J. Wiedefeld said in a statement. “The best solutions to our biggest challenges often come from our state and local partners, who deal with these issues day in and day out.

MDOT encourages Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO), municipal and county governments and MDOT Modal Administrations to apply. Eligible applicants can submit a creative proposal through their new Climate Focused Funding Portal until April 30.

Photo courtesy of the Center for Environmental Excellence by AASHTO

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