U.S. DOT supports advanced bus technology projects

Fifty-two projects in 41 states will share a new $84.45 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation through its Federal Transit Administration’s low- or no-emission grant program. Eligible projects include the purchase or lease of buses that are powered by modern systems such as hybrid or battery electric engines, as well as related infrastructure investments such as charging stations.

The selected FY2018 Low-No projects include the Broward County Transit in Fla., which will receive $2.2 million to replace aging vehicles in one of the country’s largest and most congested metro areas with zero-emission battery electric buses and supporting solar power infrastructure; the Transit Authority of Lexington in Kentucky, which was awarded $2.3 million to purchase zero-emission battery electric buses, and will partner with a nonprofit research organization to assess the operational and cost benefits, advancing the transit industry as a whole; and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The state department will receive $1.5 million for the Rural Electrification Initiative, which will replace aging buses in rural transit fleets with battery electric buses, deploy charging stations and make infrastructure and electrical facility upgrades.


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