BGD Clients Secure Federal Funding to Improve Kentucky Air Quality
Last week, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, along with Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials, announced $3 million in Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds for three projects in Jefferson County that will improve the safety and air quality in the Louisville Metro area.
BGD congratulates two of its clients for receiving funding through public-private partnerships with Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government:
• $2.32 million to Metro Government and Kentuckiana Cleanfuel to construct three fast-fill Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling stations; and
• $300,000 to Metro Government and M & M Cartage Co. to replace five diesel trucks with new CNG-powered trucks.
Metro Government also received $384,000 to replace two diesel garbage packer trucks with CNG-powered trucks.
The CMAQ program provides federal funding to state Departments of Transportation for progressive transportation projects that improve air quality and reduce congestion by reducing air emissions from mobile sources in the area. Funds are distributed according to the severity of regional air quality problems and to projects that have the most that have the most significant impact on improving the air quality.
Kentucky annually receives CMAQ funds, distributed and administered by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. This most recent announcement of CMAQ projects supports Governor Beshear’s commitment to improving the collective health of the Commonwealth. In February, Beshear launched kyhealthnow, a five-year plan outlining health goals for the state to be fulfilled through executive and legislative actions, public-private partnerships and successful implementation of healthcare reform in the state.
The combination of funding both infrastructure projects and replacement vehicle projects is key to fueling the growth of CNG as a transportation fuel. These awards help create supply and demand to allow these projects to get started in the right direction and facilitate other fleet operators decision to use CNG as they can be assured of availability to the fuel source.