North County Transit Eyeing Electric Buses for Some Routes

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A North County Transit District bus. Courtesy of the agency

The North County Transit District announced Tuesday it has received a $1.2 million grant to support purchase of zero-emission business for some of its routes.

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The grant from the Federal Transit Administration will enable the district to evaluate the electric buses on the market, decide which routes could utilize the new vehicles, and determine what facility improvements such as chargers are needed.

“This award is a major step towards an even more environmentally friendly fleet,” said Matthew Tucker, the agency’s executive director.

“Many years ago, NCTD began reducing emissions by transitioning the vast majority of our BREEZE buses from diesel to primarily compressed natural gas,” he added. “Now we will work towards incorporating zero-emission bus technology in our fleet replacement and expansion plans.”

With the new grant and another $1.6 million expected from the State of California, the agency is eyeing the initial purchase of five electric buses.

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