SEATTLE, WA – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) today issued the following statement after the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced it is awarding over $33 million of Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding to King County Metro through the Low or No Emission Vehicle Grant Program.
“Decarbonizing our transportation sector is crucial to creating a clean energy economy and tackling climate change. This grant for King County Metro – the largest public transit agency in the Puget Sound region – will help get us there. King County Metro is already making progress towards its ambitious commitment to achieve a zero-emissions fleet, which is crucial for the health of our communities and the environment. This funding will help the Puget Sound region continue to be a leader in the transition to a clean energy economy,” said Rep. Adam Smith. “I was proud to support the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in Congress and I’m thrilled to see these dollars come to our region to support our clean energy future and fulfill the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to investing in America.”
“King County Metro already takes hundreds of thousands of cars, and their emissions, off the road every day, and this federal funding moves us closer toward our commitment to convert to an all-electric, zero-emission bus fleet by 2035. This funding supports our work to advance equity and social justice by prioritizing service areas for these new electric buses in neighborhoods disproportionately impacted by pollution generated by fossil fuels, and invests in our future workforce by eliminating barriers to opportunity in transit sector green jobs and apprenticeships programs,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. "We are grateful to Representative Smith and other members of our congressional delegation who helped secure this funding that will allow us to move toward a green future.”
The Low or No Emission Vehicle Program helps transit agencies buy or lease U.S.-built low- or no-emission vehicles, including buses and vans, facility and station upgrades to accommodate low- or no-emission vehicles, and supporting equipment like battery electric charging.