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MCDOT Receives $4.365 Million from U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration to Purchase 10 Electric Buses

For Immediate Release: Monday, October 1, 2018

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) has received a $4.365 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to replace diesel buses with 10 new, electric buses that will have lower fuel costs and be more reliable with fewer breakdowns. In September 2017, MCDOT received an FTA grant for $1.75 million to purchase four electric buses and charging stations.

 

 “Thank you to the FTA for this grant to purchase more zero-emission, electric buses that will bring Montgomery County closer to our climate-protection goals and help reduce our impact on the environment,” said County Executive Ike Leggett. “I am especially grateful for the support of our Congressional delegation, Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representatives Jamie Raskin, John Delaney and John Sarbanes, who have worked diligently to approve critical federal transit program funding and effectively advocated for Montgomery County.”

 

Expanding use of electric buses is an important component in the County’s strategy to use innovative technology in reducing fuel consumption by 20 percent by 2020, cutting emission of harmful pollutants, and greenhouse gases and reducing the environmental impact of its fleet.

 

The FTA funding supports projects to replace, rehabilitate, and purchase buses and related equipment, as well as projects to purchase, rehabilitate, and construct bus-related facilities. A total of 107 projects in 50 states and territories received funding from FTA’s Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program. A list of the projects nationwide receiving grants is available online. More information is available from the U.S. DOT press release.

 

 

Media Contact: Esther Bowring 240-777-7170

 

Release ID: 18-689
Media Contact: Esther Bowring , 240-777-7170