The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) reports the Low Carbon Transit Operations Program is providing $34.5 million to fund 125 local projects aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emission and improving public transportation sustainability.
“This program is one of the methods Caltrans is using to help the state meet its ambitious goals to address climate change,” says Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “Building a more sustainable public transportation system involves not only making it more climate friendly, but also more efficient and affordable to more Californians.”
One of the projects that will benefit Watsonville residents is: Watsonville Zero Emission Replacement Bus: $243,290 to Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District to purchase one zero-emission, battery-electric public transit bus and related charging infrastructure to replace one diesel-fueled bus. This project will benefit the disadvantaged communities within Watsonville by reducing environmental impacts associated with public transit buses operating in the community.
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