Transportation District receives funding for hybrid buses

One of the new hybrid buses destined for Lake Tahoe. Special to The R-C

One of the new hybrid buses destined for Lake Tahoe. Special to The R-C

The Tahoe Transportation District will acquire diesel-electric hybrid buses using a $7.9 million grant to modernize its fleet.

“The introduction of diesel-electric hybrid buses marks a significant milestone in our ongoing commitment to sustainable transportation,” said District Manager Carl Hasty. “This funding will not only allow us to upgrade our fleet with greener technology, but also enhance the overall transit experience for our community and visitors. We are grateful for the federal support that makes this possible.”

Federal support for bus projects over the last several years has been instrumental in moving people and helping communities advance their climate goals. This new project is part of an approximately $1.5 billion funding initiative to support 117 projects aimed at improving public transportation in 47 states. Over the last three years, the Federal Transit Administration has allocated nearly $5 billion to replace and modernize transit buses across America, building new technology with American workers. This initiative will result in the production of more than 3,650 new buses.

Approximately 80 percent of the buses being funded will run on zero and low-emission technology, reducing air pollution and helping meet the President’s goal of zero emissions by 2050.

The grants for buses and bus facilities program provides federal funding for transit agencies to buy and rehabilitate buses and vans and build and modernize bus facilities. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides nearly $2 billion through 2026 for this program. For fiscal year 2024, approximately $390 million in grants was available under this program.

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