The U.S. Transportation Department is giving cities and states $1.66 billion to buy 1,800 cleaner buses.

The funding will fund 1,100 zero-emission buses, roughly doubling the existing 1,300.

The $1 trillion 2021 infrastructure law will assist cities and states replace aging, polluting buses.

700 hybrid-electric, natural gas, and diesel buses will be purchased. White House infrastructure coordinator Mitch Landrieu said the grants will be used nationwide.

Half of 2019’s 10 billion U.S. transit rides were on buses. Only 18% of the 72,000 U.S. transit buses were hybrid electric in 2020, according to APTA.

Tens of millions of Americans worked from home and cut business and tourism trips during COVID-19, but systems show rising use as Americans return to work and visit.

MTA, the busiest U.S. transit system, will get $116 million to replace 230 diesel buses with electric ones, electrifying 4% of its 5,800-bus fleet.

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will obtain $104.1 million to buy 160 electric buses to replace outdated CNG buses. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will get $116 million to buy up to 85 EV buses to replace diesel models.

The infrastructure law provides $5.5 billion over five years for bus grants, six times previous levels, and $2 billion for buying, restoring, and developing bus maintenance facilities.

Memphis will get $54 million to develop an operations and maintenance facility, and NJ Transit will get $44.6 million to restore its Union City garage and create a bus terminal.

Source: Reuters

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