IndyGo receives $19 million grant for cleaner buses

Posted: 7 July 2023 | | No comments yet

The $19 million funding will enable IndyGo to acquire clean, modern diesel-electric hybrid buses, furthering its efforts to reduce emissions, improve air quality and enhance service reliability in downtown Indianapolis.

IndyGo receives $19 million grant for cleaner buses

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The Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IndyGo) has announced that it has been awarded $19 million by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The funds will be utilised to purchase 40-foot diesel-electric hybrid buses, replacing older buses in the public transit agency’s fleet. These new vehicles are clean, quiet and modern, contributing to reduced emissions, improved air quality and enhanced service reliability.

The financial support comes from President Joe Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, specifically from FTA’s Buses and Bus Facilities and Low- and No-Emission Vehicle programmes. IndyGo’s previous initiatives involving hybrid and electric buses have already made a significant impact. They have successfully saved 21,555 metric tonnes of carbon emissions and 2,100,000 gallons of diesel fuel.

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“Receiving this money for these buses will further the progress we’ve already made as we work to continually reduce harmful emissions in the downtown core of Indianapolis,” IndyGo President and CEO Inez Evans said. “We’re grateful for these funds and the continued support from the FTA in helping empower us to come closer to reaching our near zero emissions goals and safely move Indianapolis forward.” 

FTA’s Fiscal Year 2023 Low- and No-Emission and Buses and Bus Facilities programmes are set to allocate nearly $1.7 billion to 130 recipients across 46 states and territories. These initiatives, supported by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, mark the second bus grant package under this legislation, which has already invested over $3.3 billion in American transit buses and the associated infrastructure. The programmes align with the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to expanding the nation’s transportation infrastructure, generating well-paying jobs and combating climate change.