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Metro Transit to buy new electric buses with larger batteries

The funds are coming via a $4.2M federal grant.

The Federal Transit Administration has awarded a $4.2 million grant to the Metropolitan Council so it can buy new electric Metro Transit buses.

The grant to Metro Transit will allow the transportation agency to buy long-range, depot-charged electric buses. The large batteries will allow buses to depart from the main campus in downtown Minneapolis without having to charge on the route.

The grant is part of the Biden-Harris administration's goal of a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the decade, and is one of 49 projects in 46 states selected to receive a total of $182 million in funding through the Low- or No-Emission Grant program

“Public transit connects people to jobs, services, and loved ones – and when our transit buses produce low or zero emissions, it’s an even bigger win for communities,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in a news release. “There is overwhelming demand to support low and no emission transit all around the country – in both rural and urban areas – and meeting this need is a matter of climate responsibility and public health.”

The grant will help Metro Transit with its goal of promoting electric bus technology to improve air quality and environmental justice in the Twin Cities. 

In 2019, Metro Transit launched eight fully electric buses on the METRO C Line, becoming the first transit system in the region to have buses with no tailpipe emissions, according to the agency's website

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