October 13, 2020 3:50pm
Funding secured for public transportation in Greater Louisville
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced $4.7 million in new funding for the Transit Authority of River City (TARC), Greater Louisville’s public transportation service provider. Securing these funds to help support mobility and workforce participation was a major GLI priority in the 2020 legislative session in Frankfort.
The funds announced by Governor Beshear are part of Kentucky’s share of the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust, which was established through a settlement between Volkswagen and states throughout the country. These funds will help TARC leverage federal dollars to replace older buses with cleaner and more fuel-efficient buses and support mobility throughout our region. In the 2020 session, GLI advocated aggressively for allocating funds from the Volkswagen settlement to TARC, including testifying in a legislative committee hearing.
In total, Kentucky received $20.3 million through the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust. The state also allocated funds to public transportation providers in Northern Kentucky, Lexington, and Owensboro. In addition, the state will use funds to build electric vehicle charging stations and help school districts replace older buses. Read more here.
Looking ahead to 2021, GLI will continue advocating for increased investment in public transportation from both Kentucky and Indiana. Public transportation plays a vital role in breaking down barriers to work, education, and training opportunities.