WASHINGTON, D.C. [7/22/21]—U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) said that Minnesota’s Metro Transit has been awarded $4,190,839 to add more electric buses to its fleet. This U.S. Department of Transportation grant will help purchase buses that have larger battery capacity, allowing them to complete routes more easily.
The senators said that the transportation sector is one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. Electric busses will reduce the sector’s carbon footprint and improve air quality.
“Investments in clean transportation infrastructure serve as down payments on the long-term economic and environmental well-being of our state and country,” said Sen. Klobuchar. “By investing in zero-emission and low-emission transit in the Twin Cities, we are making important progress to fight climate change and reduce our environmental footprint.”
“Electric buses are a forward-thinking approach to transit,” said Sen. Smith. “Beyond a smaller carbon footprint, electric buses are more efficient, produce fewer health-harming emissions, have lower fuel costs and are quieter. They also make our roads more pleasant for those sharing them, like bikers and pedestrians. I’m glad the Department of Transportation is making this investment to help Minnesota continue transitioning to a greener future.”
You can learn more about the grant here.