Congressman Tim Ryan Announces $616,000 for Akron METRO Regional Transit Authority to Purchase Electric Buses
Akron, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) is today announcing $616,000 for the Akron METRO Regional Transit Authority to purchase two 40-foot battery-powered electric buses to replace two diesel engine buses.
This funding was made available through the U.S. Department of Transportation Low and No Emission Vehicle Grant Program, which provides funding to purchase or lease low or no-emission buses or other transit vehicles that use advanced technologies such as battery electric and fuel-cell power to provide cleaner, more energy efficient transit service.
“The residents of Summit County rely on Akron METRO to get them to work, the grocery store, doctor’s appointments, and all the places they need to be on a daily basis. That is why these investments are so important,” said Congressman Tim Ryan. “I am proud of the work being done by Akron METRO as they work to electrify their fleet and improve services for their riders.”
“We are honored and excited to be a recipient of the Low and No Emission Vehicle Grant Program,” said METRO CEO Dawn Distler. “This program supports our goal to transition to an alternative fuel fleet with the purchase of two, 40-foot battery-powered electric buses to replace two diesel engine buses. By January 2022, we will complete the installation of electric charging infrastructure that will support the electric fleet. Not only will these buses reduce our carbon footprint, they will also enhance the rider experience through its quiet, clean operations.”
On June 25, 2021, the Federal Transit Authority announced approximately $182 million in funding for low and no emissions buses and the facilities that support them. This program helps contribute to the Biden-Harris Administration’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by the end of the decade.