Pierce Transit Receives $3.87M Grant to Purchase Electric Buses, Associated Infrastructure and Training – The Suburban Times

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Pierce Transit press release.

The Federal Transit Administration awarded Pierce Transit a $3.87 million Low-Emission or Zero-Emission Vehicle (“Low-No”) grant for the purchase of three battery-electric, zero-emission buses and associated charging infrastructure, and for providing employee training granted. Pierce Transit applied for competition sponsorship earlier this year, and the award was recommended by US Senator Maria Cantwell; Representatives Marilyn Strickland, Derek Kilmer and Adam Smith; Steilacoom Mayor Dick Muri; the Washington State Department of Transportation; Lakeview Light and Energy; and the Tacoma Public Utilities. The Low-No grant program, which aims to increase the number of zero-emission transit vehicles on America’s roads, was recently expanded following passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill.

“Pierce Transit has a legacy of strong environmental stewardship, and this award will help us continue to build on that foundation,” said Mike Griffus, CEO of Pierce Transit. “I want to thank our federal elected officials and other partners who have worked to bring these federal resources to the South Sound and help Pierce Transit realize a cleaner transportation future for Pierce County.”

In 2016, Pierce Transit introduced the South Sound’s first electric buses, also funded by a federal grant. Today the agency operates nine electric buses; This award will bring the agency’s electric fleet to a dozen vehicles. The three new electric buses will replace aging vehicles that have outlived their useful lives and have averaged more than half a million kilometers. The award supports Pierce Transit’s plan to operate 39 zero-emission buses by 2030, meeting the goal of migrating 20 percent of its fleet to zero-emission buses by the end of the decade.

“The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber was thrilled to learn of the Federal Transit Administration’s decision to invest in zero-emission technology for Pierce County’s public transit system,” said Chamber President and CEO Andrea Reay. “New electric buses on the road mean cleaner air and a state-of-the-art, enhanced driving experience, making Pierce County an even better place to drive, work, live and play.”

The timeline to get the new buses on the road will be determined once the agency enters the procurement process for the buses and associated infrastructure.

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