Metro receives $77 million grant to purchase electric buses – Pasadena Star News

Metro receives  million grant to purchase electric buses – Pasadena Star News

A Metro bus is seen on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles on Friday, May 3, 2024. The transit agency will receive a $77 million federal grant to purchase electric buses and charging infrastructure. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Metro will receive more than $77.5 million from a federal grant to purchase dozens of battery-powered electric buses and install new chargers, Rep. Adam Schiff announced Tuesday.

Schiff, a Democrat from Burbank, had written a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation calling for funding for Metro’s zero-emission bus and charging infrastructure project. The agency intends to purchase battery-powered electric buses, chargers and related infrastructure to operate reliable zero-emission service in several Los Angeles County cities.

New chargers are to be installed at the Metro bus depot in West Hollywood.

Metro’s project aims to modernize buses that operate in its Bus Division 7 area, which covers West Hollywood and other areas. The buses will also be used to bolster clean transportation ahead of the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“Metro plans to deploy zero-emission buses in the Los Angeles-South Coast Air Basin, one of the most polluted regions in the country,” Schiff wrote in his July 1 letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “As such, investments in the project align with President Biden’s Justice40 initiative and Metro’s Equity Focus Communities to help disadvantaged communities by reducing pollution, improving mass transit, and increasing access to jobs and other opportunities.”

Metro had applied for the Federal Transit Administration’s Low or No Emissions Grant Program and the Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program, and with some help from Schiff, funding was secured for Los Angeles County.

“Electric buses mean cleaner air, less traffic and more reliable service for Los Angeles residents,” Schiff said in a statement. “With this investment, Los Angeles will lead the way in creating a modern, environmentally friendly and accessible transportation system that will benefit our community for years to come.”

The buses will operate on multiple routes and improve accessibility and mobility by connecting directly to all Metro lines, according to Schiff’s office. The Metro project focuses on improving environmental and air quality while providing high-quality mass transit for Los Angeles residents and visitors.

“Today, 117 communities, including Los Angeles, are getting the good news that their transit buses will be modernized and their commutes improved through President Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure bill,” Buttigieg said in a statement. “The Biden administration is helping agencies in 47 states replace old buses that run on dirty, expensive fuels by delivering modern, zero-emission buses made by American workers that will get more people where they need to go.”