TUCSON— Today, the Federal Transit Administration awarded the City of Tucson a $12,112,400.00 grant to purchase new zero-emission buses for the city’s Sun Tran public transportation system as well as supporting equipment.
In May 2022, Rep. Grijalva wrote a letter in support of the grant to the FTA, highlighting the City of Tucson’s efforts to modernize the public transportation fleet.
“The transition to an EV fleet in our public transportation could come no sooner for the City of Tucson and this $12.1 million grant will help with our critical efforts to fight climate change,” said Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva. “With this grant, the Tucson community will benefit from additional electric buses, charging equipment and facilities that will connect us to not only the city ,but to our natural treasures like the Coronado National Forest. From a public health point, it will mean cleaner air and less pollution in our streets.”
“I want to thank Congressman Grijalva for continuously advocating for a cleaner transportation system in Tucson,” said Tucson Mayor Regina Romero. “By more than doubling our EV fleet, we are taking a huge step towards achieving our mutual goals of fighting climate change.”
Rep. Grijalva has long supported numerous efforts to continue investing in clean public transportation in Tucson. In July 2019, he helped secure a $2.6 million grant that the city used to purchase its first electric buses. The City was most recently awarded a $3,757,100 grant in 2020 to purchase new zero-emission buses for the city’s Sun Tran public transportation system.