EPA Awards $34.6 Million In Clean School Bus Grants To PA School Districts
On October 26, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Clean School Bus Program rebate competition awarded nearly $34,610,000 from the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to 11 school districts in Pennsylvania.
The Pennsylvania school districts include–
–– Bradford County: Troy Area School District, Rohrer Enterprises Inc., $2.76 million for seven buses
— Dauphin County: Halifax Area School District, Rohrer Enterprises Inc., $1.97 million for five buses
— Dauphin County: Harrisburg City School District, Wolfington Body Company Inc.$3.95 million for 10 buses
— Dauphin County: Steelton-Highspire School District, $2.58 million for seven buses
— Lackawanna County: Scranton School District, Rohrer Enterprises Inc., $9.87 million for 25 buses
— Luzerne County: Greater Nanticoke Area School District, Rohrer Enterprises Inc., $5.9 million for 15 buses
— Mifflin County: Mifflin County School District, Wolfington Body Company Inc., $790,000 for two buses
— Potter County: Northern Potter School District, Rohrer Enterprises Inc., $790,000 for two buses
— Tioga/Lycoming Counties: Southern Tioga School District, Brightbill, M A Body Works Inc., $30,000 for one bus
— Washington County: Washington School District, Navistar Inc., $3.16 million for eight buses
— Washington County: Avella Area School District, Navistar Inc., $2.76 million for seven buses
Of the 89 school buses that will be purchased in Pennsylvania, nearly all of them will be electric, with 1 new propane bus being added to the fleet. The announcement includes funding for buses and infrastructure for districts in cities like Nanticoke, Pennsylvania.
“President Biden’s historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is accelerating our nation’s transition to electric and low-emission school buses while ensuring a brighter, healthier future for our children,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “As many as 25 million children rely on the bus to get to school each day. Thanks to the Biden-Harris Administration, we are making an unprecedented investment in our children’s health, especially those in communities overburdened by air pollution. This is just the beginning of our work to build a healthier future, reduce climate pollution, and ensure the clean, breathable air that all our children deserve.”
“This is an especially important announcement with October being Children’s Health Month,” said EPA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Adam Ortiz. “These rebates will ultimately help protect children’s health by replacing older school buses with newer, cleaner ones, and transitioning to a clean transportation future means cleaner air and less pollution for all of our communities.”
Visit EPA’s Clean School Bus Program webpage for more information on the program.