WASHINGTON, DC - In an effort to help Rhode Island's buses run more efficiently and reduce pollution, U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) today announced that the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) will receive $5,197,500 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Clean Fuels Grant Program.

"This federal funding will help reduce pollution in our state while at the same time saving our taxpayers money," said Reed, who helped secure the funding.

"Many Rhode Islanders depend on public transportation to get to work, run errands, or go to the doctor. It is essential that we take steps to reduce vehicle emissions and increase the fuel efficiency of our transit systems. This funding will cut down on pollution and help improve our air quality."

The Clean Fuels Grant Program was established in 1998 by the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) and is designed to help transit agencies purchase low-emission buses and related equipment. It also provides federal funding for the construction of alternative fuel stations and modifications to garage facilities to accommodate the new vehicles.