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$1B to be shared by several states for electric buses as cost looms amid transition

The Biden administration, through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has announced a significant investment of nearly $1 billion in grants to introduce more than 2,700 electric and low-emission school buses across the United States. This initiative is part of the EPA’s $5 billion Clean School Bus Program, established by the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The funding will benefit 280 school districts, impacting around 7 million students in 37 states.

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This move addresses the environmental and health concerns associated with older diesel school buses, known to contribute to air pollution and linked to health issues like asthma, particularly affecting communities of color and tribal communities. The EPA’s investment signifies a substantial step towards reducing these impacts and transitioning to cleaner transportation methods in schools.

The grants, which are part of the second round of the program, will support the purchase of buses and necessary charging infrastructure. Notably, 86% of the funding is allocated to school districts in low-income, rural, and tribal communities.



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