WVEL News/Travel Scope Now: CityLink Receives $2.3 Million For Electric Buses, Charging Station

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CityLink will continue its efforts to go green with two new electric buses and a charging station.

The Federal Transit Administration announced last week that CityLink will be receiving a $2.3 million grant from the Low or No Emission Bus Program for the new equipment, according to a press release on July 24, 2019.

The program provides funding to state and local governments for the purchase, or lease, of zero-emission transit buses. CityLink currently has 53 buses in its fleet, including four diesel-electric hybrid buses they received in 2016-2017.

CityLink General Manager Doug Roelfs said,

“We are very excited to have been selected as a recipient of the Low or No Emission (Low-No) Grant Program. Electric buses will be a great addition to our aging fleet, and with technology changing rapidly in the bus industry, this will help us stay current with the trends in the industry.Adding electric buses to our fleet will also help us continue our mission of being an environmentally conscious transportation agency.”

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos said,

“The addition of these new buses will promote cleaner and more efficient transportation options for Peoria residents. Public transportation provides a vital service that helps connect folks across the community and spurs economic growth. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I’m proud to fight for investments in our local infrastructure and I thank my Illinois colleagues for their support securing these federal dollars.”

U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood said,

“Greater Peoria Mass Transit plays an essential role in our community to get people where they need to go in a timely manner. As they work to transition their fleet to more energy efficient vehicles, the funding provided today will assist them in achieving that goal by supporting new electric zero-emission buses and a charging station. I applaud President Trump and Secretary Chao for recognizing the great work being done by Greater Peoria Mass Transit and look forward to continuing to work with them to improve our transportation system in central and west-central Illinois.”

(Information Courtesy Of WEEK-TV)