Lextran receives $1.4 million grant to improve air quality in Lexington
On Tuesday, April 2nd, Governor Matt Bevin and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) announced Lextran will receive a $1.4 million Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) grant to purchase two electric buses, thereby improving air quality in Lexington.
Lextran will use the grant funds to replace existing diesel buses that are beyond their useful life with long-range, no-emissions electric buses. Overnight charging of the vehicles will take place at Lextran’s facility on Loudon Avenue.
“With this grant Lextran will replace aging diesel buses in our fleet. More importantly, it allows us to continue serving our passengers by connecting them to the community in a more modern and emissions-free vehicle,” remarked Carrie Butler, Lextran General Manager.
As of the end of 2018, about forty-two percent of Lextran’s current fleet was at or beyond its useful life.
The award comes as part of the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program through the federal government which aims to support surface transportation projects and other related efforts that contribute air quality improvements and provide congestion relief.