“Climate change is an enormous threat, and it is already beginning to impact our communities here in Oregon. As we aim for a carbon-free future, electric vehicles – including buses – will be a huge part of that transition,” Merkley said in a release announcing the purchase. “I was pleased to help TriMet secure the federal funding to add these cleaner electric and low emission buses to their fleet.”
The grant is provided by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Low and No Emission Vehicle Deployment program. It will cover all of the costs to purchase four New Flyer XE40 Xcelsior 40-foot-long buses, along with depot and on-route charging infrastructure. The grant will also pay to design and install the infrastructure.
“This is a terrific opportunity to bring the next generation of environmentally-friendly vehicles to TriMet,” TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane said in the release. “We’re looking forward to testing these vehicles to see how they perform, and if it makes sense to add more of these electric buses to our fleet.”
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