MARTA receives $19 million in federal grants to buy electric buses and charging equipment

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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) — MARTA is receiving more than $19 million to purchase electric buses and charging equipment as part of a series of grants announced by the White House Tuesday morning.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced $1.66 billion in grants to transit agencies, territories and states nationwide to invest in 150 bus fleets and facilities.

Funded by the bipartisan Infrastructure Act, the White House said more than 1,100 of these vehicles will use zero-emissions technology, which reduces air pollution and helps meet President Joe Biden’s goal of zero net emission by 2050.

MARTA’s allocation of $19,302,650 in grants will be used to replace old buses. The White House said the project will improve air quality in metro Atlanta and strengthen the transit workforce by supporting a two-year apprenticeship program and collaborations with technical colleges. local.

“With today’s awards, we’re helping communities across America — in cities, suburbs, and rural areas — buy more than 1,800 new buses, and most of them are zero. broadcast,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said. “Funded by President Biden’s bipartisan Infrastructure Act, this announcement means more good jobs for people across the country, cleaner air in our communities, and more affordable and reliable options to help people get there. where they should go.”

Bus Grant Awards – made under FTA Buses and bus facilities and Low and zero emission vehicle programs – are FTA’s first competitive grant selections under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act. The programs, according to the White House, are designed to support the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to expand the nation’s transportation infrastructure, create and maintain well-paying jobs, and fight climate change.

Other projects funded under the grants announced on Tuesday include:

  • The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which will receive $116 million to purchase approximately 230 battery-electric buses to replace older diesel buses, electrifying nearly 4% of its fleet of 5,800 buses and launching a comprehensive training and development program of the work force.
  • The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which will receive $104.1 million to purchase approximately 160 battery-electric buses to replace older compressed natural gas buses along with charging equipment.
  • The Memphis Area Transit Authority, which will receive $54 million to construct an operations and maintenance facility. The facility, which will be located in Memphis, will accommodate more than 300 vehicles.

Earlier this year, MARTA launched its first group of electric buses on Earth Day. These buses were purchased with federal funding granted in 2019.

In Georgia, the Augusta Transit System will receive $6.2 million to purchase electric buses, while in Savannah, the Chatham Area Transit Authority will receive $5.4 million, also to purchase electric buses and charging equipment.

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