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New Federal Transportation Bill Provides Funding for Vermont

Congress has agreed on a five-year, $305 billion transportation bill. Vermont Transportation Secretary Chris Cole says the legislation appropriates $1.1 billion to Vermont over the five-year period. This total represents an increase of roughly ten percent for a variety of transportation programs.

The additional funds will allow VTrans to accelerate its road repair program. Secretary Cole stated that progress has been made on improving the state highway system, with the number of roads rated as in “poor” condition being reduced from 34% to 13%, and this new funding will allow the situation to be improved further.

The federal legislation also provides additional funds for public transit systems and to help states expand rail programs and cover some operating costs. New funding also is being made available to support development of an extensive network of electric vehicle charging stations.