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CyRide Receives $1.6 Million for Electric Buses

Post Date:07/31/2019 5:15 PM
CyRide was recently awarded a $1.66 million grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Low- or No-Emission (Low-No) Grant program. The program funds the deployment of transit buses and infrastructure that use advanced propulsion technologies.
CyRide will use the funds to purchase battery electric buses to replace diesel buses that have exceeded their useful life, as well as battery chargers/dispensers and facility modifications to support this technology.
“This is terrific news for CyRide, our riders, and the Ames community,” said Interim Transit Director Barbara Neal. “Supporting public transportation is a great way to reduce your own carbon footprint, while moving to electric buses will help CyRide reduce its emissions. We are grateful for the funding and excited to implement this next phase of public transit improvements.”
Eligible projects for the national program include the purchase or lease of buses powered by modern, efficient technologies. These include hydrogen fuel cells, battery electric engines, and related infrastructure investments, such as charging stations.
"Since its establishment, FTA’s Low-No program has funded over $300 million in new buses, infrastructure, and training, helping create and maintain American jobs in a fast-growing industry," said FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams.
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