Federal Transit Administration Awards NVTA $1.1 Million Grant for Electric Buses

NVTA is Getting Greener!

The Napa Valley Transportation Authority has received notification of a $1.1 million federal grant to acquire electric buses for the Vine Transit fleet, a significant milestone in ongoing efforts to encourage public transit use and curb greenhouse gas emissions.

NVTA will apply the grant funds toward the purchase of five new, 30-foot electric buses. The buses will replace diesel and gasoline-powered vehicles at, or near, the end of their useful service lives.

The battery-powered buses have a range of 150-miles, can run a full day on a single charge and recharge overnight. The vehicles produce zero emissions and make oil changes a thing of the past.

“Vine Transit riders will feel even better knowing that their decision to use public transit is making a positive difference toward a healthier environment for everyone in Napa Valley,” Kate Miller, NVTA’s Executive Director, said.

The grant is being processed through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Low or No-Emission Vehicle Competitive Program, which provides funding to state and local governments for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses, as well as acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities.  The federal program awards $55 million annually.

“I’m so pleased we were able to secure the federal funding to bring this cutting-edge technology to our District,” Congressman Mike Thompson said. “We know that public transportation plays a key role in curbing greenhouse emissions, a crucial step in combating climate change. Electric buses help us make that step in a significant way. Other communities should follow Napa Valley’s lead and seek to put these environmentally-friendly vehicles into service.”

The total cost of the buses is estimated at $3.82 million. That amount includes the cost of purchasing the vehicles, accessories, and infrastructure, including charging stations. The agency is planning to order the buses in 2018 and put them into service by 2020.