The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded Allegany and Frederick Counties a combined $240,000 to replace older school buses.
EPA has awarded Frederick County $200,000 and Allegany County $40,000 to purchase newer model year school buses. The rebates come from EPA’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funding that will help replace 12 buses. The program awards rebates up to $20,000 per bus to replace model years 2006 and older with newer vehicles that emit significantly less pollution. As manufacturers develop more advanced buses that can help curb emission levels, the costs are increasing. Local jurisdictions will need financial assistance to upgrade their fleets to the best technology.
From the press release:
“Just a few weeks ago, I saw firsthand the power of Frederick’s electric bus fleet with County Executive Jan Gardner. These buses are green and save green; they are good for our environment and the County’s bottom line,” said Congressman David Trone (Maryland, 6th District). “I am thrilled to see this funding for Frederick County Public Schools’ bus fleet. As we celebrate Earth Day, we must continue to invest in green transit infrastructure to protect the health and safety of our students and our environment.”
EPA is providing funds totaling $11.5 million to bus fleets in 43 states and Puerto Rico. For more information on the rebates visit EPA’s dedicated page.