Feds Cover Cost of 6 New Electric DTA Buses

February 02, 2015 10:37 PM

A federal agency is providing a grant to cover the cost of six new electric buses for the Duluth Transit Authority.

Rep. Rick Nolan said the DTA will receive a $6,343,890 grant from the Federal Transit Administration to buy six Proterra electric buses to replace six diesel buses.  The grant will also cover the cost of two on-route fast-charge stations.

The 8th District Democrat, who serves on the U.S. House Transportation Committee, sent a letter to Transportation Secretary Anthony Fox last summer advocating for the funding.

"As I told Fox when we began the application process last year, given its long cold winters, Duluth is probably the best city in the nation to demonstrate fast-charging electric bus technology. With this grant, Duluth will lead the way for other cold weather cities looking to incorporate sustainable technologies into their transit systems," Nolan said in a statement.

Nolan's office said it's not immediately clear when the buses will hit the streets.


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