In the USA, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has just announced an investment of more than $100 million in clean transportation projects that range from the decarbonisation of cargo port handling to charging structure, ride-hailing and electrifying garbage and delivery trucks.
The investment amounts to $100 million and comes from proceeds from New Jersey’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative following its prosecution of Volkswagen for emissions cheating. The grants are allocated to a fairly wide range of projects. Grants heading to local governments meant to help improve air quality by means of electrifying garbage and delivery vehicles amount to $9 million. Another $13 million in grants is meant for low- and moderate-income communities to reduce emissions through the deployment of electric school buses and shuttle buses.
Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver, who serves as Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs commented that “Environmental justice is social justice. Investing in a green economy means we are creating a healthier, cleaner and more environmentally stable place for all New Jerseyans to live.” She said that Governor Murphy’s plan to address the immediate impacts of climate change on communities will be effective because it prioritises equity and sustainable growth. She says that this helps “ensure that everyone can participate in and benefit from a green economy”.
In other projects in the scheme, $5 million in grants are supposed to contribute to equitable mobility projects that will bring electric vehicle ride-hailing and charging stations to four New Jersey towns and cities. Projects for the deployment of fast charging infrastructure at 27 locations statewide have been granted $5 million, while the bulk of the funding,
$36 million, is supposed to reduce diesel and black carbon emissions by means of the decarbonising of the port, cargo handling, as well as another medium- and heavy-duty equipment in port and industrial areas.
Finally, public transit gets a boost with $15 million towards NJ TRANSIT bus electrification projects, while $15 million has been put aside towards flex funding to further deploy additional funding to the listed initiatives.