City receives federal grant for electric buses, charging stations

Published 7:23 pm Thursday, August 11, 2022

The City of Suffolk’s transit system is one of two in Virginia set to receive part of $11.5 million in federal grants to support the adoption of cleaner energy technology.

According to a news release issued by U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, the city will receive $565,000 to purchase new electric buses and charging statiions.

The funding was awarded through the Department of Transportation’s Fiscal Year 2022 Low or Now Emission Vehicle Program that helps state and local governments purchase or lease zero-emission and low-emission transit buses as well as acquire and construct support facilities, and was made possible by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act negotiated by Sen. Warner and supported by Sen. Kaine, according to the release.


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“Electric and natural gas vehicles offer a clean and affordable alternative to traditional fuel vehicles,” the senators said. “We are glad to see Virginia receive this funding to support the adoption of more energy efficient vehicles and the needed infrastructure to continue our transition to a transportation system with a significantly lower impact on the environment.”

The Greater Richmond Transit Co. is receiving the remainder of the money. More than $10 million will go to replace natural gas buses that have reached the end of their useful life, while $952,192 was awarded to construct a vehicle storage facility.

Sens. Warner and Kaine have consistently supported policies designed to bring down energy costs and support the transition to cleaner fuels with less environmental impact, the release stated.

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act included billions of dollars to support the transition to electric and zero-emission cars and buses. The Inflation Reduction Act, which was passed by the Senate last week, also included significant provisions to support the adoption of a clean energy future, and is expected to reduce carbon emissions 40 percent by 2030.