New York State announces $5m funding for cleaner public transport

The move supports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40% before 2030

By Jonny Bairstow

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has announced $5 million (£3.75m) of new funding to help improve operations and reduce greenhouse gas emissions for public transit systems.

The move supports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s clean energy goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% before 2030.

The money will be allocated to projects seeking to make transit systems more efficient, reduce transit agency expenses and lower greenhouse gas emissions by increasing the amount of users, reducing fuel consumption among buses and decreasing the amount of electricity required to power trains.

The state is also working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector through its Drive Clean Rebate initiative which provides New York residents with cash rebates for the purchase of a new electric car.

Alicia Barton, President and CEO of NYSERDA, said: “This funding is part of Governor Cuomo’s comprehensive clean transportation strategy, which is driving transformation throughout the transportation sector to reduce emissions and make it easier than ever to ride clean and electric.

“These projects are a critical component for advancing solutions to some of our most pressing transportation efficiency and operations challenges while improving ridership experiences for New Yorkers.”

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