Five R.I. school districts receive electric school bus fleet

PROVIDENCE – Five Ocean State school districts will receive a total of 45 electric school buses under a $12.4 million federal allocation.

The funding, awarded through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean School Bus Program, will also cover charging infrastructure for the electric vehicles.

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Passed under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in 2021, the program supports school districts in replacing diesel-powered buses with “clean,” zero-emission alternatives.

In addition to reducing greenhouse emissions, the program also aims to prevent spending on future repairs and replacements of old transportation infrastructure.

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Under the recent funding round, the following Rhode Island school districts will receive support for electric school buses:

  • Jamestown: $910,000 for five buses.
  • Pawtucket: $7.6 million for 22 buses.
  • Providence Preparatory Charter School: $690,000 for two buses.
  • Lincoln: $2 million for 10 buses.
  • Westerly: $1.2 million for six buses.

Nationwide, the EPA has awarded $900 million to school districts in 47 states, which funds about 3,400 buses meeting program standards.

Jacquelyn Voghel is a PBN staff writer. You may reach her at Voghel@PBN.com.