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BRIEF: Nebraska Transit Service Gets Grant for Electric Buses

Lincoln, Neb.’s StarTran will buy six new electric buses with a grant from the state’s Environmental Trust and Lincoln Transportation and Utilities. The move will mean that 57 percent of the fleet is electric.

by Nick McConnell, Lincoln Journal Star / July 24, 2020

(TNS) — StarTran will purchase six new electric buses this fall with a $387,569 grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust, Lincoln Transportation and Utilities announced Thursday.

The new buses will replace six aging diesel buses, bringing StarTran's total of electric buses to 10.

The grant will also cover the purchase of three electric bus charging stations and staff training. The buses and charging stations are scheduled to be operational this December.

“StarTran continues to reduce the environmental impacts of public transit by its continued commitment to increase the number of zero-emission buses in its fleet,” LTU director Liz Elliott said in a news release.

With the new purchases, 57% of Star Tran's fleet will be electric vehicles, which are quieter, reduce fuel costs and create zero emissions.

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