WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer and Anthony Brown (all D-Md.) today announced $5,150,000 in federal funding to purchase electric buses and charging stations, replacing existing diesel buses, in Prince George’s County.
“Communities of color are more susceptible to environmental injustices and the harmful effects of climate change, such as poor air quality. That is why this new round of federal funding to purchase electric buses is not only a focused investment in our public transportation infrastructure, but a smart investment in the health and safety of future generations as we work to combat and mitigate the effects of climate change,” said the lawmakers. “We look forward to supporting even more important work to reduce emissions from transportation while keeping our communities healthy through upcoming infrastructure legislation.”
Funding comes from the Federal Transit Administration as a part of the FY21 Low and No Emission Vehicle Grant Program. The goal of the Low and No Emission Vehicle Program is to assist transit agencies in their shift to cleaner technologies, supporting the administration’s goal of reducing emissions by 50% by the end of the decade. More information on the Low and No Emission Vehicle Program can be found here.