Wichita to receive $2.3 million for electric buses

WICHITA, Kan. - Wichita Transit is getting a funding boost from the federal government to be used on greener buses.

Wichita was chosen as one of 52 projects to receive a share of $84 million in grant selections through the Low- or No-Emission Grant Program. Wichita will receive almost $2.3 million to purchase battery electric buses and charging stations.

The projects eligible for the grant program include the purchase or lease of buses powered by "modern systems" like hybrid or battery electric engines. Wichita's Transit Director announced in July the city was trying to secure federal grants to replace a third of its diesel bus fleet with fully electric buses.

The transit director says the cost of buying 18 new electric buses would be higher than the diesel buses, but would end up saving millions over the course of 20 years.

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