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Hochul announces partial funding to help school districts cover electric bus costs

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Governor Kathy Hochul recently announced the availability of funding for electric school bus charging infrastructure in New York, supported by the Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act. This initiative, part of the New York School Bus Incentive Program, aims to assist public school districts and their bus operators with installing Level 2 or Direct Current Fast Charging stations, facilitating a smoother transition to zero-emission vehicles. This effort underscores New York’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 85% by 2050 and mandates that all school buses in the state be zero-emission by 2035.


Administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the program offers funding on a first-come, first-served basis, starting at $25,000 per bus to cover various costs associated with the transition. Priority districts are eligible for additional funding, emphasizing support for high-need schools and disadvantaged communities. The initiative reflects New York’s dedication to cleaner transportation solutions that promote the health and well-being of students and the community.

The Environmental Bond Act sets aside $5 million to provide schools with technical assistance for transitioning to electric buses, including planning and infrastructure costs. With significant investments in clean transportation, New York continues to lead the nation in climate action, aiming for a zero-emission electricity sector by 2040 and carbon neutrality by mid-century. This announcement marks a crucial step towards a more sustainable and equitable future, aligning with the state’s ambitious climate goals.