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Montgomery, Halifax, and Bedford counties will receive funding for clean alternative buses

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(WFXR) — Montgomery, Halifax, and Bedford counties are on the list to receiving funding from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust to replace diesel school buses with electric and propane buses.

Gov. Ralph Northam says more than $10.5 million in funds will be used in 19 school districts across the Commonwealth. This funding will help Virginia achieve its clean energy goals, reduce air pollution, and mitigate climate change.

“We all benefit from transitioning away from diesel school buses and investing in clean alternatives for our transportation system,” said Northam. “I know how important clean air is for children’s health. Since I took office, the Commonwealth has been focused on transforming the electric grid, developing clean energy resources, and addressing the climate crisis through initiatives that allow Virginia to invest in a clean and healthy future.”

The governor first announced the $20 million program back in May as a way to transition school buses away from diesel and toward cleaner fuels like electricity and propane.

“Virginia’s investments in electrifying the school bus fleets is an important and critical part of our comprehensive approach to reducing pollution,” said Department of Environmental Quality Director David Paylor. “Collectively, the replacement of these school buses is calculated to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 10,000 tons per year, and will save one million gallons of diesel fuel, equivalent to removing 2,000 cars from the road.”

Below is the list of school districts that will receive the first round of alternative buses:

Albemarle County

  • $530,000 | two electric buses 

Arlington County

  • $795,000 | three electric buses 

Augusta County

  • $523,198 | two electric buses 

Bedford County

  • $247,322 | one electric bus

Caroline County

  • $265,000 | one electric bus

Culpeper County

  • $530,000 | two electric buses 

Essex County

  • $530,000 | two electric buses 

Fairfax County

  • $2,650,000 | ten electric buses 

Falls Church City

  • $530,000 | two electric buses 

Loudoun County

  • $1,442,244 | six electric buses 

Louisa County

  • $530,000 | two electric buses 

Middlesex County

  • $512,346 | two electric buses 

Montgomery County

  • $530,000 | two electric buses 

Southampton County

  • $530,000 | two electric buses 

Chesterfield County

  • $96,226 | ten propane buses

Halifax County

  • $79,820 | ten propane buses 

Newport News

  • $79,820 | ten propane buses 

Norfolk City

  • $26,800 | four propane buses

Virginia Beach City

  • $137,480 | ten propane buses

The money will replace 83 diesel school buses. Starting in October, the Department of Environmental Quality will accept applications for additional funding for districts to purchase more propane or electric school buses.

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