As any reader of this blog knows, I've spent a lot of time this summer seeing firsthand the great projects Americans are undertaking to rebuild our infrastructure and get our people back to work.
But this afternoon, I was particularly pleased to present Atlanta's MARTA transit agency with a TIGGER grant for $10.8 million. Believe me when I say this is truly money that will be generating dividends for years to come.
As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Federal Transit Administration is awarding 43 Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction--TIGGER--grants. This $100 million is going to transit agencies that pursue cutting-edge environmental technologies to help reduce global warming,
MARTA will use its TIGGER award to outfit bus canopies at its Laredo bus maintenance facility with solar-paneled roofs. The solar roofs on these 220 stall will produce electricity for MARTA and sell the surplus clean energy back to Georgia Power! Folks, this promises to be the largest photo-voltaic (solar panel) installation in the entire state of Georgia.
MARTA benefits; the environment benefits--America benefits.
This is the future of transportation. This is exciting. This shows how investing in green transportation not only helps the planet, but creates jobs and strengthens our economy.
It also shows how much more we can do.
Congratulations, MARTA; this project is a fantastic idea. I can't wait to see that utility meter spinning backward!