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DOT Funding Programs and Climate Change 

Most DOT funding programs have eligibilities for transportation climate solutions.  Some programs have a focus on climate change.   

Fact Sheet: Climate and Resilience in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law 

Formula Funding 

The Department’s formula programs have broad eligibilities and can be used to fund a wide variety of transportation projects, including projects that improve resilience and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For a full list of funding programs, see Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Grant Programs

Discretionary Grants 

The Department’s discretionary grants (such as RAISE, INFRA, Mega, Port Infrastructure Development Program, and others) include criteria to prioritize projects that improve resilience and reduce emissions. 

Climate Change Focused Funding Programs by Mode 

Multimodal, administered by Federal Highway Administration 

Carbon Reduction Program - provides $6.4 billion in formula funding for states to develop carbon reduction strategies and for projects to reduce transportation emissions, including traffic management, public transportation, pedestrian facilities, alternative fuels, and port electrification.  

Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-saving Transportation (PROTECT) - provides $8.7 billion in formula and discretionary funding for improving the resilience of highway, transit, intercity rail, and port facilities to current and future weather events, natural disasters, and changing conditions.  

Public Transportation 

Low or No Emission Vehicle Program - helps public transit agencies buy zero emission and low emission transit buses. 

Transit Oriented Development Pilot program - provides funding to local communities to integrate land use and transportation planning with major public transportation investments.  

Electric or Low-Emitting Ferry Pilot Program - provides competitive funding for projects that support the purchase of electric or low-emitting ferries and the electrification of or other reduction of emissions from existing ferries.

Air 

Fuel Aviation's Sustainable Transition (FAST) discretionary grant program accelerates production and use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) and the development of low-emission aviation technologies

Voluntary Airport Low Emissions Program and Zero Emissions Vehicle Program - helps airports reduce emissions 

Airport Zero Emissions Vehicle and Infrastructure Pilot Program 

Rail 

Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Provision 16 – funding to replace inefficient locomotives with cleaner alternatives. 

Federal-State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail Grant Program - expands and improves the Nation’s intercity passenger rail system to increase access to more efficient intercity transportation options. 

Ports 

Reduction of Truck Emissions at Port Facilities Program- provides $400 million in competitive funding to reduce truck idling and emissions at ports, including through the advancement of port electrification. 

Port Infrastructure Development Program

Highway 

National Electric Vehicle Formula Program  - provides $5 billion to deploy electric vehicle charging infrastructure 

Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Discretionary Grant Program - provides $2.5 billion to deploy electric vehicle charging infrastructure and hydrogen, propane, and natural gas fueling infrastructure in communities, along designated Alternative Fuel Corridors and in other publicly accessible locations. 

Low Carbon Transportation Materials Grants