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Virginia to invest $14 million in all-electric transit buses

Staff Writer |
The Commonwealth of Virginia will invest $14 million, or 15 percent, of the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust to fund the deployment of all-electric transit buses across Virginia.

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Governor Ralph Northam made the announcement during remarks at the Governor’s Transportation Conference and Innovation Summit in Norfolk today. The four-day conference is the annual gathering of transportation professionals in the Commonwealth.

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), designated lead agency acting on the state’s behalf to implement Virginia’s allocation ($93.6 million) from the settlement, will provide funding through a new Clean Transportation Voucher Program to replace heavy and medium-duty polluting vehicles with cleaner vehicles.

The project will be submitted through the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation’s annual public transportation capital grant cycle known as MERIT (Making Efficient and Responsible Investments in Transit), which begins December 1, 2018, and runs through February 1, 2019.

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