GTrans awarded $2.2 mill. for zero emission buses

By Brett Callwood

In a statement released last week, it was announced that Gar- dena’s GTrans has been awarded $2.21 million thanks to the President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, for its Zero-Emission Bus Replacement Project. This is the same project which partially funded the acquisition of five zero-emission buses.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment for the City of Gardena and for the GTrans team. We are proud of our efforts to provide clean transit for our residents and for customers who rely on our service each day,” said Tasha Cerda, Mayor of the City of Gardena. “As we work to convert our entire fleet to zero-emissions by 2034, these funds will allow us to continue on our path to improve system reliability and reduce maintenance costs, while contributing to the prioritization of environmental justice for communities in our service area.”

U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration announced that, under Bus and Bus Facilities and Low and Now Emission Vehicle Programs, over $1.66 billion will be made available across the country. “GTrans successfully competed under the FTA’s Low and No Emission Vehicle Program, which helps fund the purchase or lease of zero emission and low-emission transit buses,” read a press release.

“With today’s awards, we’re helping communities across America – in cities, suburbs, and rural areas alike – purchase more than 1,800 new buses, and most of them are zero-emission,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, in a Department of Transportation press release.

“Funded through President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, this announcement means more good jobs for people across the country, cleaner air in our communities, and more affordable and reliable options to help people get to where they need to go.”