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Augusta receives $6.3 million grant for electric buses



Augusta Transit plans to integrate electric buses into its fleet and a recently announced federal grant in the amount of $6,271,325 will come in handy to meet that goal.

The goal is for the city to transition its non-emergency fleet of vehicles to be mostly emissions-free vehicles by 2031.


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  1. Consistent and reliable public transportation is an absolute requirement for any major urban center. Unless people can depend on public transportation to get to work consistently and on time, the entire economy ends up being negatively impacted. The addition of the electric buses will hopefully improve the less than stellar situation that currently exists.

  2. I wonder what the selection criteria are for the buses? Also, why California? Electric buses have been successfully manufactured in Greenville for over a decade now.. good news…none have burst into flames….

  3. AND they are being built in Georgia as well. Bluebird is actually more focused on school busses, but they have tinkered with a commercial platform. Bluebird is also the manufacturer that Senator Warnock touted in one of his campaign ads. Richmond County Board of Education has supported Georgia, MUCH better than Columbia County Board of Education has, and they are to be commended. Lastly, anyone that is supporting the “EV Movement” had best not raise a whimper, when Southern Company starts asking for repayment for the Plant Votgle nuclear expansion.

  4. Want to reduce our foot print???Have the Patrol cars that sit at the wal-marts ‘ALL DAY” ,to not leave the Patrol cars run all day with Ac running .Go inside and do the job that they are paid to do.The city needs to Audit the gas usage!!!!

  5. I am curious how the specifics work out on financial feasability of electric busses. You lmow, the usual questions such as range on a charge (will we need twice as many busses because one is always charging while another is being driven), Lifespan, Maintenance costs vs Fueled vehicles, etc….

    As an example, I remember President Clinton’s 1994 Crime Bill alocating “extra” dollars to Law Enforcement for Deputies. The unintended consequences were overloaded Prisons from increased incarcerations, requiring local tax dollars to handle. Then when it expired, communities were scrambling to fund officers.

    The point is these types of decisions based on the sentiment and flavor of the day, regardless of Grant funding, set in motion a domino affect which usually costs the lowly tax-payer money down the road.

    I can only hope people smarter than me have put pen to paper and calculated the costs.

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