American bus manufacturers are getting a major boost from the Federal Transit Administration.

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that it will provide $1.5 billion to 117 public transportation projects across the country to support their transition to less polluting vehicles.


What You Need To Know

  • The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that it will provide $1.5 billion to 117 public transportation projects across the country to support their transition to less polluting vehicles

  • Located in 47 states, the projects will support the purchase of more than 1,100 American-made buses for public transportation

  • Of those, 80% will be zero- and low-emissions models

  • The funds are intended to make the cost of lower-emissions buses more affordable and to increase U.S. bus manufacturing to make them available more quickly to public transit agencies.

Located in 47 states, the projects will support the purchase of more than 1,100 American-made buses for public transportation. Of those, 80% will be zero and low-emissions models.

The funds are intended to make the cost of lower-emissions buses more affordable and to increase U.S. manufacturing to make them available more quickly to public transit agencies. About half of the projects are for modernizing bus facilities to help them transition to electrics.

With $99.5 million in FTA funding, New Jersey Transit will build a solar-powered charging canopy for electric buses to fuel up with renewable energy. With $76.8 million, the Sacramento Regional Transportation District will buy up to 29 new hydrogen fuel cell buses and modernize its maintenance facility. The Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority will receive $27.6 million to replace older diesel buses with as many as 30 compressed natural gas buses.

“By modernizing transit with improved clean energy technologies, we will also boost the longevity of our mass transportation system, reduce traffic congestion and clean up the air we breathe in the neighborhoods and communities that line our roads and highways,” Assistant to the President and National Climate Advisor Ali Zaidi said in a statement.

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is providing the funding that will be distributed through the almost ten-year-old Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities program.