Local school systems will receive federal grants totaling nearly $11 million for the purchase of electric buses.
Among the 12 Virginia school systems that received funding to replace their aging bus fleets with zero-emission vehicles, Carroll County got the second-highest amount — $7.9 million for the purchase of 20 buses.
Grayson County will receive nearly $1.6 million for the purchase of four electric buses and Galax will receive $790,000 for two buses.
U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine last week announced more than $30 million in federal funding to help a dozen Virginia school systems purchase 81 clean and zero-emission school buses.
With gas and diesel fuel prices soaring, the Clean School Bus Program is expected to save school districts millions of dollars, while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions and producing cleaner air. In their announcement, the senators noted that studies have found that diesel air pollution is linked to asthma and other health conditions.
The funding, awarded through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), was made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which Warner and Kaine helped pass last year.
“As we continue to look for ways to reduce pollution and combat climate change, I am glad to see this federal funding directed towards replacing old school buses with 21st century, eco-friendly equipment,” Warner said.
“Virginia students deserve buses that won’t accelerate climate change and pollute the air in their communities,” Kaine said.