US DOT awards nearly $1.7B in zero- and low-emission bus grants 

The U.S. Department of Transportation is awarding almost $1.7 billion in grants for buying zero- and low-emission buses, with the money going to transit projects in 46 states and territories, the Associated Press reports.

The grants will enable transit agencies and state and local governments to buy 1,700 U.S.-built buses, nearly half of which will have zero carbon emissions. Funding for the grants comes from the 2021 bipartisan infrastructure bill signed into law by President Joe Biden.

Today’s announcement covers the second round of grants for buses and supporting infrastructure. All told, the U.S. has invested $3.3 billion in the projects so far. Government officials expect to award roughly $5 billion more over the next three years.

The government received 475 project proposals for the grants that totaled roughly $8.7 billion, a sign of the demand for the funding.