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FTA Awards $3.1 Million Grant to Rochester for Low- or No-Emission Buses

Post Date:06/03/2020 8:35 PM

June 3, 2020 – ROCHESTER, MINN. – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced that the City of Rochester will receive $3,156,746 in funds to purchase new electric buses and related charging infrastructure through the Low- or No-Emission (Low-No) Grant program for expansion of Rochester Public Transit service.

The City submitted the Low-No project application to FTA in the spring. The project includes two 60-foot, battery-electric buses at a cost of $1.25 million each and one electric vehicle charging station at a cost of $1.1 million. The entire project cost of $3.65 million includes a local match of $492,367.

“Projects like this are essential to improving efficiency, commerce and quality of life in Southeast Minnesota. I look forward to continue working in bipartisan fashion with local leaders to secure approval for infrastructure projects that will be a boon to southern Minnesota,” said U.S. Congressman Jim Hagedorn (MN-01). 

According to Rochester Mayor Kim Norton, “Putting battery-electric transit vehicles in service furthers the City’s commitment to sustainability by preserving resources today in a way that they can be enjoyed by future generations.”

The Low-No competitive grant program provides funding to state and local governmental authorities for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses as well as acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities. In this competitive grant process, FTA focused on the introduction of new technology not commonly found within U.S. transit systems such as advancements to propulsion systems. 

Ia Xiong, City of Rochester Physical Development Manager, states, “RPT’s expansion represents an opportunity to meet the needs of the growing community and to invest in cleaner, more efficient technology.”

This program will support the implementation of RPT’s 2017-2022 Transit Development Plan which called for 60-foot articulated buses to support increased park-and-ride volumes. Destination Medical Center (DMC) related transit studies have also called for development of innovative mobility solutions to support sustainable growth and reduce of harmful emissions.

Visit Low- or No-Emission (Low-No) Grant program  for more information.

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