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$10.7 million federal injection for transition to low-emissions vehicles, UPR research programs

Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón

By The Star Staff

Three new federal funding allocations totaling $10.7 million will help boost the transition to vehicles that emit little or no emissions, as well as the development of projects on two campuses of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón announced Thursday.

The Federal Transit Administration approved a $10 million allocation to the Metropolitan Bus Authority under the Puerto Rico Minimizing Emissions Plus (Prime+) Project. The funds are awarded competitively under the Low or Zero Emissions Grant Program that are financed thanks to laws drafted in Congress and supported by the resident commissioner such as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act of 2021, among others.

The program funds initiatives for the purchase or lease of low- or no-emission vehicles that use advanced technologies for transit revenue operations, including related equipment or facilities.

Meanwhile, the UPR Utuado Campus will receive $400,000 under the education and workforce development program for research initiatives on agriculture and food. The program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture seeks to increase the knowledge of educators in topics related to food and agriculture.

The UPR Mayagüez Campus will receive $260,919 from the National Science Foundation for a project titled “Collaborative Research/Research Infrastructure: Enhanced Open Networked Airborne Computing Platform,” which is under the direction of Lu Kejie. The project aims to develop an enhanced open networked airborne computing platform to facilitate the design, implementation and testing of an airborne computing platform that seamlessly integrates control, computing, communication and networking.

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