The US government has announced a $100m grant for 43 environmentally friendly transportation projects.

The grant comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment 2009 Act under its Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) grant programme.

The projects have been selected from a large number of proposals that were submitted after the Federal Transit Administration (FRA) announced the grant in March 2008.

The road projects include the purchase of hybrid electric buses in Alabama, Connecticut, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Texas, Virginia and Washington to replace the diesel buses.

The project is also aimed at developing technologies to reduce global warming as well as energy consumption to lessen the country’s reliance on oil.