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State of New York to replace diesel buses with electric buses, US [free access]

March 24, 2020

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) have announced funding of USD24 million to replace diesel buses with new electric buses in the state of New York. The funding will be used to replace existing diesel buses with model year 2009 and older engines with new electric buses. The bus replacements will be targeted at New York State government entity-owned buses, with bus depots located within Potential Environmental Justice Areas (PEJAs) or buses that operate on routes that serve PEJA areas.


The funds used to replace the buses will be administered through NYSERDA’s New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program (NYTVIP), which provides point of sale (POS) rebates to encourage the purchase new electric or alternative-fuelled vehicles.


The state of New York has received a total of USD127.7 million in federal Volkswagen Settlement funds. NYSERDA plans to allocate approximately USD18.4 million of these funds for the procurement of new electric transit buses, under the NYTVIP. Further, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) will use approximately USD6 million of the funds for the procurement of associated charging infrastructure.


A total of 18 New York State government entities are potentially eligible under the programme. These are Broome County Transit, Capital District Transportation Authority, Central New York Regional Transportation Authority, Chemung County (C Tran), city of Long Beach, New York State Department of Transportation, Clinton County Public Transportation, Dutchess County Public Transit, Greater Glens Falls Transit, Huntington Area Rapid Transit, Nassau Inter-City Express, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Rochester-Genesee Regional Transit Authority, Suffolk County Transportation, Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit, Transport of Rockland, Ulster County Area Transit, and Westchester County Bee-Line Bus System.