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$15.4 million grant paves way to replace JTA buses

Jeffrey Leeser
One of JTA's CNG buses makes its rounds across Jacksonville.

A federal grant is fueling the Jacksonville Transportation Authority's efforts to trade up to cleaner compressed natural gas buses and mothball some older diesel units as well.

The $15.4 million U.S. Department of Transportation Low or No Emissions Buses and Bus Facilities Grant will lead to 21 new CNG buses, with the federal funds boosted by about $6 million in local match dollars, the authority said.

“The JTA will continue to advance sustainability efforts by phasing out more diesel buses with vehicles powered by cleaner compressed natural gas,” Chief Executive Officer Nathaniel Ford said. “We also will leverage this funding to invest in the future with infrastructure to support and integrate more electric-powered buses into our fleet.”

Read the rest of this story at WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union.