Cross-posted courtesy of Streetsblog.
Since March, I've been doing a monthly video series called "On the Go with Ray LaHood," where I respond to questions from the public. I want to thank Streetsblog readers for supplying the bulk of the questions we received this month.
But in my latest "On the Go" video, I was only able to answer a few of them. Since you provided so many great questions, I thought it would be nice to answer a few extra ones right here on Streetsblog.
On my Fast Lane blog, Josef Szende asked, "Does the USDOT consider its job on creating a sustainable transit system to be over once the majority of the country is using electric vehicles?"
Josef, it's true that I'm excited about Electric Vehicles. They've got a lot of potential to help reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and they really help solve the problem of tailpipe emissions. But many people don't want to own cars--electric or otherwise. And, with transportation costs as the number two item in most household budgets, we know Americans need access to affordable transit options.
So this DOT is pushing forward to continue growing innovative transit systems across the U.S. For example, our Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has a very popular Urban Circulator program and a successful New Starts program that, on Monday, announced nearly $1.6 billion for 27 projects nationwide.
And earlier this week, to support President Obama's emphasis on sustainability, the FTA announced more than $100 million in competitive grants for emerging clean fuel and hybrid or electric propulsion technologies for transit buses.
On Facebook, Kyle Merville asks, "How could DOT encourage a more even spread of transportation money to cities? How can the DOT invest in urban infrastructure and modernize it to better serve the citizens who depend on these systems daily?"