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Honolulu Announces $20 Million In FTA Grant Funds For New Ev Buses
An EV TheBus next to a charging station at the Kalihi facility
HONOLULU – The City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Transportation Services (DTS) has been awarded $20 million to purchase new battery electric buses by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The funding is part of a Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that increases funding for low-and no-emission buses.
“This new federal funding will make it easier for people to get to where they need to go while making our roads cleaner and quieter,” said Senator Schatz, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing. “Improving our public transit system with electric buses means that we can provide affordable transportation while reducing our carbon footprint.”
Under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the FTA’s Buses and Bus Facilities and Low-and No-Emission Vehicle programs, competitively grant funding to transit agencies, territories and states across the country.
“I’m very excited and grateful for this grant,” says DTS Director Roger Morton. “With these funds, the City will be expanding it’s ever-growing all electric TheBus fleet, to bring a cleaner, quieter, and safer ride to residents and visitors of Honolulu”.
The City has a total of 17 electric buses that are currently serving different routes across the island. These all-electric buses provide smoother and quieter rides for riders, all while supporting the City’s goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2045. Each EV bus costs roughly $1.1 million for each. The City is planning to use these grants, additional federal and local funds to purchase and add 36 to 38 more EV buses to the fleet. Honolulu expects to see these new EV buses in 2024.
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