LYNX to Receive $1.9 Million Federal Transit Administration Grant
July 26, 2019
LYNX has been notified it will receive a Low or No Emission (Low-No) Grant for $1.9 million from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The funding when distributed will allow for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses, including acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities such as recharging, refueling and maintenance facilities.
LYNX will use the grant to purchase seven battery electric buses, which will be procured through Proterra Inc. The buses will operate on the LYMMO Grapefruit, Lime and North Quarter lines.
Support from the Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE), the City of Orlando, the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC-The Reliable One) and bus manufacturer Proterra, Inc. was instrumental to the grant application’s success.
“All of us here in the Central Florida community are pleased that the FTA recognized the importance of this project,” said LYNX CEO Jim Harrison. “It is unique partnerships such as this that show LYNX shares in Mayor Dyer and our Board’s vision for a future-ready city.”
“We are proud to work with LYNX and the City of Orlando to electrify transportation across our region. We’ve worked hard to create a robust charging infrastructure for residents and now we’re excited to make an even greater impact with mass transit,” said Clint Bullock, General Manager & CEO, OUC-The Reliable One.
Additionally, OUC is assisting in the procurement of charging stations and batteries to help LYNX successfully deploy the project. The Governing Board for OUC approved providing LYNX up to $900,000 toward this program. The city is also providing $850,000 in matching funds.
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