Carbon Reduction Program: Encouraging fewer cars (and carbon emissions)

The Carbon Reduction Program will fund projects like bike infrastructure, public transit, and port electrification.

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Did you know that as of 2021, 28% of greenhouse gas emissions in the US come from transportation?

Yeah, we know… kind of a bummer, and maybe not the news you want to start your morning with. So let’s get to the good stuff: The Carbon Reduction Program, an effort to reduce transportation emissions through local and statewide projects that are federally funded.

What is the Carbon Reduction Program?

In an effort to reduce transportation emissions across the US, the Carbon Reduction Program was created in 2021 to distribute $6.4 billion in formula funding over a five-year period.

What’s driving the news?

By Wednesday, Nov. 15, states and designated metropolitan planning organizations are tasked with unveiling their strategies to reduce emissions through the program.

They’ll also need to disclose which projects will be funded by the program — whether that be installing protected bike lanes in one city, creating a new bus rapid transit system in another, or a different project that helps reduce carbon emissions.


While the FY2024 funding that will be allocated to urbanized areas hasn’t been released quite yet, you can still view last fiscal year’s funding sheet, which shows that a total of 224 urbanized areas with a 200,000+ population — from Washington, DC to Chattanooga, TN — received funding.

Our question for you while we await funding news: How would you like to see this grant used in CBUS? Let us know using this link.