California School Districts To Get Electric Bus Fleet Thanks To Federal Funding
San Diego, CA: California will get a full electric school bus fleet that would help the environment and expenses of the school districts. The saved money will then be directed to other important activities.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Monday that California is one of several states that would profit from a federal grants program to invest in electric school buses.
Through its Clean School Bus Program Grants Competition, the EPA announced the selection of 67 candidates nationwide to receive close to $1 billion. California received 88 million dollars in total and the School Districts that receive the funding are:
- Porterville Unified School District.
- Los Angeles Unified School District.
- San Diego Unified School District.
- Kern High School District.
Across 280 school districts and more than 7 million kids in 37 states, the program aims to assist grantees in purchasing more than 2,700 clean school buses.
The program’s goal is to boost the US economy by putting money into American labor and production.
It is anticipated that the Clean School Bus Program, established by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and based on the Clean Commute for Kids Act, which was introduced in 2021 by Senator Alex Padilla, a Democrat from California, will provide $5 billion over five years to support the switch to zero-emission and low-emission school buses.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the US Department of Transportation, more than 400,000 public school buses cover more than 4.3 billion miles each year. The program is expected to reduce the environmental impact of these buses.