Big federal dollars for small state projects aim to get more cars off the roads

Motorists head west along Interstate 70 near Golden, Colo., in July 2021. The Carbon Reduction Program will fund states’ strategies for “transportation alternatives”: Small-scale infrastructure designed to take cars off the road, which will help reduce emissions. David Zalubowski/The Associated Press

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A 60-mile pedestrian and cycling trail in Arkansas, an electric street sweeper in Oregon and truck parking facilities in Florida don’t appear to have much in common — let alone any similarity with a conversion of California highways to toll roads or a roundabout in Michigan.

But all of the projects will be paid for by the Carbon Reduction Program, a five-year, $6.4 billion

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