RTC will receive $6.7M to buy three hydrogen fuel cell electric buses


Senators Jacky Rosen and Catherine Cortez Masto of the United States have announced that the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) will receive $6.7 million to fund the purchase of three hydrogen fuel cell electric buses and safety improvements along Las Vegas bus routes.

In addition, the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe will receive $115,000 to increase transit choices for Pyramid Lake residents.

The Low or No Emission and Buses and Bus Infrastructure Grant Programs of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) provide financing to state and local governments for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses and facilities. Senators Cortez Masto and Rosen supported the RTC funding in a letter, which will enable the RTC acquire three hydrogen fuel cell electric buses, solar lighting for 250 bus stops, and pedestrian detection and accident avoidance software for nearly half of the RTC’s 800 transit buses.

Senators Cortez Masto and Rosen contributed to the passage of Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act measures that support the generation of sustainable energy and the deployment of clean transportation solutions. The Inflation Reduction Act, which was approved by the Senate last week, includes provisions to encourage the use of low-emission automobiles. Senator Rosen has been a leader in the struggle for sustainable transportation and employment. Through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act that she helped develop and enact, she has advocated federal investment for clean, renewable transportation solutions.

Nedim Husomanovic

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