RIPTA receives federal grant to purchase electric buses

By: Sarah E. Rooney


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WASHINGTON, DC (WLNE) – Senator Jack Reed, D-RI, announced Wednesday that Rhode Island has received a federal grant to help pay for new, all-electric RIPTA buses and infrastructure.

As part of an effort to update and reduce emissions from RIPTA vehicles, Rhode Island will be using $1.5 million in federal grant money to purchase electric buses as older RIPTA buses are taken out of the fleet.

According to a release sent out by Reed’s office, the grant money was awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration Low or No Emission Bus Program.

The program will first involve a trial period with three electric buses expected to arrive next month. The pilot vehicles will test out a number of routes, with an emphasis on areas with poor air quality.

The new electric buses are expected to replace the old fleet and be in service by 2021.

“RIPTA is moving toward a cleaner energy future and replacing older buses with newer, more efficient models.  This federal grant is a smart investment that will help RIPTA curb pollution, accelerate the transition to a greener fleet, and reduce maintenance costs in the long run," said Senator Reed. “I am pleased to help deliver these funds to support RIPTA’s sustainability goals as they continue finding new and innovative ways to provide safe, clean, flexible transportation opportunities to all Rhode Islanders.”

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