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Planes, Trains and Automobiles. (It isn't just a movie.)

Across this country, one in five miles of highways and major roads are in poor condition. Tens of thousands of bridges are rated the same.  Bridges in poor condition in rural communities, like we have here in Vermont, are especially at risk since often a single bridge may carry not only daily traffic but also provide passage for loaded emergency service vehicles.  

America's public transit infrastructure has faced decades of deferred maintenance - the estimated repair backlog is $105 billion!  This equates to more than 24,000 buses and vans, 5,000 rail cars, 200 passenger stations, 300 maintenance facilities and thousands of miles of track, guideway, signals, and power systems in need of repair or replacement. 

Add to the crumbling roads, bridges and public transit all the driving people living in rural areas must do to reach necessary good and services in their gasoline fueled cars.  The conversion to electric vehicles is happening but the electric vehicle charging equipment infrastructure must be in place and keep pace to match the rising sales of electric vehicles.  And can the grid take it?  We are making progress with smart reinvestments and new investments but not fast enough and our ambitious Climate Action Plan goals are looming.  Everyone has a part to play.  What will yours be?  Not sure...we can help! 

 

FAQs

WHAT FEDERAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO MY MUNICIPALITY FOR TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS?

Refer to VLCT's Vermont Federal Funding Guidebook.  We have culled the hundreds of new federal funding programs, eliminating those that are inappropriate for or not applicable to Vermont’s municipalities.  Those that remain, we have combined into a single document. For each one, we have reviewed the program details, read the NOFO (Notice of Funding Opportunity) and pulled out the most salient details about the funding source we know at this moment. If you get stuck or feel overwhelmed, don't get discouraged - we can help!  You can book an appointment to self-schedule a video conference with us or send us an email: FFA@vlct.org.  

USER TIP:  To search the Guidebook for your topic of interest, you can use the “shortcut keys” on your computer.  Open the document, hit the “Control” and “F” keys simultaneously and then type the keyword you want to search into the dialogue box that opens in the upper right-hand corner of your screen.  If you type “water” it will show you every time “water” is used in the document.

Need one-on-one help? 

Grab 15 minutes with us for an appointment!  Our "Consults on Call" office hours are Wednesdays, 1:00-2:00 pm and 7:00-8:00 pm.  Simply click the blue "Book An Appointment" button, select the date and time that works best for you and complete the details.  If you think you need more than 15 minutes, please email FFA@vlct.org to schedule a longer time slot.