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$2.2 Million grant will help King County purchase new ecologically friendly buses to reduce emissions

Senator Murray: “As our population continues to grow and transportation demands increase, this grant will help further expand vital public transit in King County with little to no negative environmental impact”

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) today announced a major federal grant that will help King County further reduce public transportation emissions. The grant, part of the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Low or No Emission (Low-No) program, provides $2.2 million for the county to acquire new, more energy-efficient buses. Low and zero emission buses, often powered by batteries or hydrogen fuel cells, produce little to no polluting emissions and run quietly, helping reduce both ecological and noise pollution. With demand for Metro bus service in Washington state’s most populous county growing, this grant will partially offset the environmental impact caused by increased ridership.

“Washington state has long been a leader in the fight to curb emissions and keep our air clean, and I’m glad to see these federal investments flow to our state,” Senator Murray said. As our population continues to grow and transportation demands increase, this grant will help further expand vital public transit in King County without sacrificing our commitment to protecting our environment.”

King County Metro is already a leader in environmentally-friendly public transit, operating the second-largest fleet of zero-emission electric buses in the country. In addition to investing in green buses, the Metro system takes 175,000 cars off the road and provides more than 400,000 rides each weekday, reducing congestion and traffic emissions, and helping hundreds of Puget Sound residents get to and from work. The Low-No grant will help to continue and expand King County’s already successful work to reduce emissions and bolster public transit.

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