Lois Frankel Applauds Federal Funds for Cleaner School Buses

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla., applauded the Biden administration’s announcement last week of $400 million in new “Bipartisan Infrastructure Law” grants to fund cleaner school buses, which will reduce harmful pollution and protect children’s health.

This new funding is available through the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean School Bus Program. The $400 million grant opportunity through the EPA’s Clean School Bus Program will fund electric, propane, and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses that will produce either zero or low tailpipe emissions compared to their older diesel predecessors.

“Clean school buses protect children and our planet from the harmful effects of greenhouse gas emissions,” said Frankel. “This investment from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which I proudly voted for, will reduce harmful pollution, create new jobs, and ensure that our children are breathing cleaner air when they travel on school busses.”

These new EPA grants are part of the infrastructure law, which provided $5 billion to transform the nation’s fleet of school buses. This funding follows the nearly $1 billion the Biden administration awarded through the rebate competition last year that funded over 2,500 electric and low-emission school buses across the country.

Local, state, and tribal governments and other eligible applicants can use this funding to replace existing school buses with clean and zero-emission school buses, as well as fund charging or fueling infrastructure.

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