Sen. Warner visits Lynchburg area bus company to discuss infrastructure, electric school buses

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Sen. Warner visits Sonny Merryman to discuss infrastructure and electric school buses. (Image courtesy of Sonny Merryman).

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) – U.S. Sen. Mark Warner made a stop on Tuesday at Sonny Merryman, Virginia’s Bus Company, near Lynchburg to talk about the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed earlier this month by the Senate.

The plan includes $5 billion for electric and low-emissions school buses and would allocate to Virginia at least $106 million over a five-year period to support expanding the electric vehicle charging network.

(Image courtesy of Sonny Merryman).

“The future of human mobility is electric and low-carbon vehicles. There is no better part of our fleet to start this transformation than school buses.”

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)

The Thomas Jouley electric school bus is emissions-free, noise pollution-free, and fossil fuel-free.

As Virginia’s leader in school bus deployment, Sonny Merryman delivered 50 of these new electric school buses to 15 localities in the Commonwealth during the 2020-21 school year through the Dominion Energy Electric School Bus Program.

With the recently-announced Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Clean School Bus Program funding and the American Power electric school bus program, Sonny Merryman will be delivering over 40 of these new electric school buses during this new school year across Virginia.

In addition to electric school buses and the electric vehicle charging network, Warner commented that the bill would bring critical improvement to the country’s infrastructure, including affordable high-speed broadband, clean water, and other transportation investments.

To see the full remarks from U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, see below.

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