Lane Transit District will use federal grants to buy electric buses

The newly allocated federal funds will help the Lane Transit District purchase new battery-powered buses and roll out a mobile app designed to simplify trip planning across a variety of mobility options.

LTD to receive approximately $4.9 million from $409 million program federal grant package for the improvement of buses. LTD will also receive approximately $1.5 million from the omnibus credit package recently approved by Congress.

“Funding for these projects keeps the district on track to meet its climate action goals, as well as supporting similar goals set by the City of Eugene, Lane County and the State of Oregon” , LTD acting chief executive Mark Johnson said in a statement. Release.

The Omnibus Credits funding will provide LTD with $950,000 for its electric bus replacement project and $600,000 for the design of its trip planner and mobile wallet app. LTD can afford a new electric bus with this funding, spokesman Pat Walsh said.

The $4.9 million grant will cover the replacement of five diesel buses with battery-powered buses.

LTD currently has 11 electric buses in service with another 19 expected to be delivered by the end of the year, Walsh said. These 30 buses will represent 30% of LTD’s fleet.

The mobile wallet will be an app that will simplify trip planning across an array of mobility options, including buses, bike-sharing and public transit, Walsh said. This will make it easier for people to see travel times and make cost comparisons, and then pay for their trip in one place.

“By making multimodal travel easier and more convenient, the mobile wallet will bring strong value to the community while furthering the equity and sustainability goals of collaborating partners,” Walsh said in an email.

Other Oregon projects will also receive a cut from the $409 million federal grant program, which will fund 70 projects in 39 states to modernize and electrify buses and improve bus routes and safety, according to a Press release.

The Oregon Department of Transportation’s Public Transportation Division received nearly $245,000 for the City of Cottage Grove to purchase new buses to replace older buses from the city’s transit service provider.

The Rogue Valley Transportation District received $12.5 million to build a new bus maintenance facility.

“Federal investment in public transit is critical to quality of life because it ensures Oregonians can get to work, school and community events,” Sen. Ron Wyden said in A press release. “These resources for transit in Rogue Valley and Lane County will help combat the climate crisis, and are especially timely and welcome for Oregonians who want cost-effective travel options.”

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