DART to add seven all-electric buses with $7.6m federal grant

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As part of the Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program we first told you about a year ago, DART is being awarded a $7.6 million grant for seven all-electric Proterra buses and the infrastructure to charge and maintain them.

The buses will become part of D-Link serving Uptown, downtown Dallas and Oak Cliff. The charging station is expected to be installed at Convention Center Station.

DART is one of 10 projects selected to receive a total of $55 million in grants from the Federal Transportation Administration. DART’s application was supported by the North Texas congressional delegation. Project partners include the City of Dallas, Proterra, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, Cavallo Energy Texas and Downtown Dallas, Inc.​

“The Obama Administration is committed to investing in 21st century transportation solutions like these zero emission buses,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “These innovative, energy-efficient buses will help increase efficiency, improve air quality and reduce our nation’s dependence on oil.”

The buses, which will arrive by late 2016, adds to DART’s existing fleet.


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