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The City of Lubbock is set to receive a $39.6 million grant that will be used to buy hybrid electric buses for Citibus.

On Monday, August 15th, the US Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration announced that $1.66 billion in grants would be distributed to transit agencies across the county for investing in bus fleets. The grants are funded by President Joe Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Over 1,100 of the vehicles bought this way will use zero-emissions technology, according to to the FTA. This will almost double the number of zero-emissions transit buses on America's roadways on its own.

Here in Lubbock, Citibus will be using its grant money to replace buses that have "exceeded their useful life" in order to make transportation more reliable. Forty-eight new hybrid electric buses will also be purchased.

Lubbock is 1 of 5 locations across the State of Texas receiving grants. The others include the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the City of El Paso Mass Transit Department and the City of Laredo Transit Management.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said:

We're helping communities across America – in cities, suburbs, and rural areas alike – purchase more than 1,800 new buses, and most of them are zero-emission. Funded through President Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, this announcement means more good jobs for people across the country, cleaner air in our communities, and more affordable and reliable options to help people get to where they need to go.

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