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July 6, 2009

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Climate Bill with Limited Transit Funding Passes House

The climate change legislation—the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES)—that passed the full House by a seven-vote margin on June 26 includes provisions that will benefit public transportation agencies.

The legislation, approved by a vote of 219 to 212, will permit states to apply up to just less than 1 percent of their clean energy and energy efficiency investment funds for transportation. “Because of this action, states now will be able to use these allowances to fulfill matching requirements to receive federal funds for projects such as public transportation systems and clean fuel buses,” said APTA President William Millar.

Millar noted that including transit agencies in ACES will help them implement clean transportation projects that will have a positive impact on climate change, which he called “a positive step in the right direction toward solving some of the most pressing challenges facing our country today.”

The bill will go to the Senate following the week-long Fourth of July recess, which began June 26.

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