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Asked: How should Winston-Salem spend funding from the Carbon Reduction Program?

Winston-Salem is expected to receive approximately $893,286 for the program — which would fund up to 80% of the total project cost.

Cars parked at Innovation Quarter in Downtown Winston-Salem

Winston-Salem is getting 6.48% of our energy from renewable sources, according to Duke Energy.

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Recently, we shared info on the Carbon Reduction Program, a distribution of $6.4 billion in formula funding over a five-year period in an effort to reduce transportation emissions across the US. We also asked how you’d like to see funding from the program spent in our urbanized area, should we receive program money again.

Here’s a breakdown of what you said:

  • 31% | Public transportation
  • 22% | Pedestrian-friendly roads and facilities
  • 19% | Bike infrastructure
  • 9% | Traffic management/road diet projects
  • 3% | Fuel alternatives

16% of you mentioned other projects that you’d be eager to see, like:

  • “More frequent and weekend service for public transit.”
  • “More electric vehicle charging stations. Higher property taxes on any domestic vehicle that gets less than 20mpg.”
  • “Plant more trees to convert c02 [carbon dioxide] to oxygen.”
  • “Repair of roads and bridges (the longtime damaged First St. bridge). Clear road markings at Five Points intersection, and a better solution to potholes that get temporary fixes and then reappear.”
  • “We need smart stoplights.”
  • “I think it would be great to have a large traffic circle at five points on Stratford Road with a nice fountain or artwork in the center.”

FY2024 funding announcements are expected in January or February.