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Virginia giving over $12 million for electric transit buses

Christian Fernsby |
Governor Ralph Northam announced that more than $12 million in state funding will be allocated to deploy electric transit buses in three Virginia localities.

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That will be using nearly $9 million from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust (VW Trust) that the Commonwealth received as part of its settlement with Volkswagen.

In total, 17 electric buses and charging infrastructure will be deployed by local transit systems in Alexandria, Blacksburg, and Hampton Roads.

The $9 million from the VW Trust will be augmented by $3.5 million from the statewide transit capital program, as well as another $6.5 million in federal and local funds.

This allocation is part of a commitment announced last fall of $14 million in VW Trust funding for electric transit buses.

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will make the remaining $5 million of the $14 million initial allocation available for electric transit buses for next year’s transit grant cycle, which will open on December 1, 2019.

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