LoNo program provides funding for zero-emission buses

As part of ongoing efforts to improve transit across the country, the U.S. Federal Transit Administration announced $55 million in grants for new buses as part of its Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program (LoNo) on Thursday.

"The Obama administration is committed to investing in 21st century transportation solutions like these zero-emission buses,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said.  “These innovative, energy-efficient buses will help increase efficiency, improve air quality and reduce our nation’s dependence on oil."

Among the grant recipients is the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Authority, which will receive $7.6 million to buy and operate seven all-electric Proterra buses.

The Stark Area Regional Transit Authority will receive $8.9 million to purchase five hydrogen fuel cell buses for use in a variety of conditions, including urban roads, rural highways and congested downtown streets in Canton, Ohio.

Another $9.8 million will go to the Sunline Transit Agency in Southern California, which will put five new hydrogen/electric hybrid fuel cell buses into use. 

The Transit Authority of River City, Kentucky, will receive $3.3 million to deploy five Proterra battery-electric buses and a fast charging station.

"These grant awards will also help create new jobs and support a growing industry of domestic manufacturers who are developing advanced technologies to power public transportation for the future," FTA Senior Adviser Carolyn Flowers said. 

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