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LA Gets $36 Million Grant for Electric Buses

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation announced that a $36.1 million grant would be used to purchase 112 zero-emissions electric buses.

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation announced Monday a $36.1 million grant will be used to purchase 112 zero-emission electric buses.

The grant from the California Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program will help the city reach its goal of 100 percent zero-emission buses by 2030, LADOT officials said. The department plans to use the money to replace existing propane buses and add more buses to its fleet.

"Environmental stewardship guides so much of what we do in Los Angeles, because we're serious about cleaning our air and making our city healthier and more livable," Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said. "This funding is an investment in clean transportation for Angelenos today -- and a strong step toward meeting our goal of a fully electric bus fleet by 2030."

The Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program was created by Senate Bill 862 with the goal of modernizing California's intercity rail, bus ferry and rail transit systems. In 2017, Senate Bill 1 was enacted, which provides an additional $350 million in annual funding to the TICRP, and the funds for the grant awarded to LADOT are available through SB1.

"We will continue leading in transportation to zero-emission electric bus transit service with this pivotal improvement," LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds said. "Enhancing LADOT's DASH system, adding new routes to underserved communities, and connecting the community through sustainable solutions like battery-electric buses will help us all travel safely and live well."

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