The State of Vermont’s aggressive spending on carbon-reducing alternative transportation is somewhat up in the air - for now - due to projected revenue shortfalls.
“Agency of Transportation official Neil Schickner said AOT is mulling a proposal to recommend a 12 month, July 2020 – June 2021 budget, fund the first few months, then reassess needs and revenues for the rest of the year. The most recent (March 24) draft of the 2021 Transportation Bill features a $3.4 million reduction in highway maintenance spending. It also increases in alternative transportation such as free fare on public transportation, $2500 rebates on electric vehicle purchases for households earning up to $125,000, $4.5 million for the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail, $200,000 for EV marketing, and an unspecified amount for a pilot project to encourage employers to not drive their personal cars to work."
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