The Napa Valley Transportation Authority has been awarded an $8.5 million federal grant to fund eight electric Vine Transit buses and electric vehicle charging stations. The NVTA was one of 70 projects in 39 states to receive funds to electrify buses, advance bus system and route reliability, improve bus safety, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and promote cleaner air. NVTA received the third highest award in the state.
These grants are from the Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration Bus and Bus Facilities competitive grant program. They are part of a national award of nearly $410 million to electrify America’s transit systems. Funding was made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill (BIL), also known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which passed in 2021.
“It’s time to replace the Vine bus fleet of older diesel buses,” said NVTA Executive Director Kate Miller. “The world is deep into a climate crisis, and NVTA has had a longstanding vision to green its entire fleet. The $8.5 million award will held up us meet that goal sooner than we had hoped.”
“This is a major win for NVTA,” said NVTA Chair and County Supervisor Alfredo Pedroza. “This enormous grant award will allow us to electrify the fleet sooner than we ever envisioned, which is a win for the agency and a win for the County’s climate action efforts.
“Public transit is a vital part of our community, helping to connect us to daily necessities and economic opportunity,” Congressman Mike Thompson said in a statement. “These grants are essential funds that will help advance public transportation for thousands of people in our cities who rely on it.”
Napa Valley residents should expect to begin riding in the buses in 2024. These eight buses will complement seven electric buses that will be delivered this summer.
Napa Valley Transportation Authority (NVTA) serves as the Congestion Management Agency (CMA) for Napa County, responsible for programming state and federal funds for local projects. A Joint Powers Authority, NVTA is responsible for the county’s short- and long-term regional transportation planning, working closely with its local, regional, state, and federal partners to improve Napa County’s streets, highways, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities. NVTA also manages the Vine Transit bus system, providing local fixed-route service in Napa, door-to-door paratransit and community shuttles, and regional express bus service throughout the North Bay.