Jan 25, 2023

ODOT, Ohio EPA Award Metro $1.9 Million Grant for New, Clean-Diesel Buses

The four new, clean-diesel vehicles will assist Metro’s ongoing plan to revitalize its fleet with newer, more fuel-efficient vehicles. These clean-diesel buses will be equipped with a new cooling system along with other technologies that work to lower their engines’ overall carbon footprint.
CINCINNATI – Metro is pleased to announce Ohio’s Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) have awarded the agency $1.9 million in grant funds this year toward its ongoing efforts to modernize and green its fleet. The funds will go toward the purchase of four new, clean-diesel buses for Metro’s fixed-route transit service.

“Modernizing our fleet is one of the key pieces of ensuring the Reinventing Metro plan makes a lasting impact on our region and our environment,” said CEO & General Manager Darryl Haley. “Funding opportunities from partners like ODOT and the EPA are critical in driving that mission forward and expanding the footprint of our service to the community in a reliable and sustainable way.”

The grant, distributed jointly by ODOT and OEPA, comes from the federal Diesel Emissions Reduction Grant (DERG) program, administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The four new, clean-diesel vehicles will assist Metro’s ongoing plan to revitalize its fleet with newer, more fuel-efficient vehicles. These clean-diesel buses will be equipped with a new cooling system along with other technologies that work to lower their engines’ overall carbon footprint.

Over the last three years, Metro has worked aggressively to modernize our fleet by replacing our aging buses. Since 2019, we have added roughly 100 new buses with new amenities like charging ports, free Wi-Fi and video safety monitors. This grant will help extend those modernization efforts by allowing us to introduce more fuel-efficiency into the fleet while, at the same time, reducing the number of buses in circulation past their useful life.

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