Virginia giving over $12 million for electric transit busesChristian Fernsby ▼ | June 25, 2019
Governor Ralph Northam announced that more than $12 million in state funding will be allocated to deploy electric transit buses in three Virginia localities.
America 9 million from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust
In total, 17 electric buses and charging infrastructure will be deployed by local transit systems in Alexandria, Blacksburg, and Hampton Roads.
The $9 million from the VW Trust will be augmented by $3.5 million from the statewide transit capital program, as well as another $6.5 million in federal and local funds.
This allocation is part of a commitment announced last fall of $14 million in VW Trust funding for electric transit buses.
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will make the remaining $5 million of the $14 million initial allocation available for electric transit buses for next year’s transit grant cycle, which will open on December 1, 2019. ■