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Minnesota lawmakers announce funding for green transit in Twin Cities

A grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will put $2.5 million into low-emission and zero-emission buses.

Minnesota Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, along with Rep. Ilhan Omar, announced Friday new funding to go toward low-emission and zero-emission buses in the Twin Cities.

The $2.5 million grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, will go toward both the buses themselves and the necessary infrastructure to maintain them, like recharging and refueling facilities.

“Clean investments in our transportation infrastructure serves as a down payment on the long-term economic and environmental well-being of our state and country,” Klobuchar said in a press release.

Omar, who also introduced the Zero Waste Act Thursday to invest in recycling infrastructure and help businesses reduce waste, said the funding will help the state start to tackle climate change.

“If we are going to confront the climate crisis, we must build a green society, invest in alternative energy sources and energy efficiency programs,” Omar said.

"Those efforts start at home. Minnesota is a clean energy leader—and I’m glad we will have resources to build a clean energy future."

Earlier this summer, Metro Transit unveiled its first fleet of electric buses to operate the rapid transit C-Line between Brooklyn Center and downtown Minneapolis.

More than half of the routes buses are fully electric, meaning they don’t have a tailpipe and can’t produce emissions, other than the energy used to charge the vehicles.

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