MADISON, W. Va. – Three school districts in West Virginia are receiving federal grants to help buy five clean school buses.
The Biden-Harris Administration announced Wednesday the FY 2022 recipients of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean School Bus program rebate competition, awarding nearly $2 million from the bipartisan infrastructure law to school districts of Boone, Wirt and Wyoming.
The goal of purchasing additional clean school buses is to accelerate the transition to zero-emission vehicles and produce cleaner air in and around schools and communities.
“In addition to making record investments in our country’s basic infrastructure, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act has provided funds to replace and upgrade school buses across the country with self-driving vehicles. low emissions,” Shelley Moore Capito (RW.Va.) said in a press release.
“Today’s announcement is good news for Boone, Wyoming and Wirt counties, and I look forward to seeing West Virginia lead the way in providing reliable and safe transportation while reducing its impact on our environment.”
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) said, “Every West Virginia deserves to breathe clean air, and this investment in the Bipartisan Clean School Bus Infrastructure Act in Boone, Wirt counties and Wyoming is great news for our entire state. The new buses will emit fewer pollutants linked to asthma and lung damage and promote better air quality across the state, while safely getting young West Virginians to school every day.
Boone County will receive $1.2 million while Wirt and Wyoming counties will both receive $395,000. All five new West Virginia school buses in all 3 districts will be electric.
These awards are the first billion dollars of a five-year, $5 billion program created by President Biden’s bipartisan Infrastructure Act.