Gov. Steve Beshear, D-Ky., and officials from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) have awarded $2,501,591 to Lextran, a provider of public bus fleets for the City of Lexington.
The award comes in the form of a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant and will be used in the purchase of seven compressed natural gas (CNG) buses.
In addition, CMAQ funds were awarded to five other projects in the state, including the construction of a CNG fueling station.
CMAQ funding is apportioned to each state by the Federal Highway Administration. Federally funded CMAQ grants are for innovative transportation projects or programs aimed at reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality.
The funds are available to state and local government agencies, as well as private entities through public-private partnerships. Nonprofit organizations may also apply in partnership with state or local government agencies.