Electric school buses are coming to Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) — Three local businesses and a university have received state funding to receive new equipment in an effort to reduce diesel vehicle use.

The goal of scholarships awarded across the state is to reduce the release of harmful diesel emissions into the atmosphere from vehicles. Funding comes from the federal Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) and is administered by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). Total funding of $2,083,873 will go to 11 communities, including Wilbraham, Springfield, Amherst and Hatfield, to remove older, less efficient diesel vehicles from use.

In Western Massachusetts, the following companies have received funding:

  • F&G, LLC – $13,883: An electric terminal tractor, based in Wilbraham.
  • First Student, Inc. – $740,324: Five electric school buses, based in Springfield.
  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst – $70,583: A Class 6 utility truck and a Class 7 dump truck with snow plow.
  • USA Waste and Recycling, Inc. – $200,158: Three Class 8 waste haulers, based in West Hatfield.

“Our administration continues to identify and advance projects that better position the state to address the impact of climate change with an equitable approach,” Governor Charlie Baker said. “Switching to cleaner vehicles will reduce our citizens’ exposure to diesel emissions, improve air quality and help us in our efforts to meet ambitious Commonwealth climate targets.”

“Reducing emissions, which not only pollutes our environment but also threatens the health of Commonwealth residents, requires an aggressive approach, and these DERA funds will help us as we shift to cleaner technologies,” said Lt. – Governor Karyn Polito. “We look forward to seeing these projects progress and ultimately helping the Commonwealth achieve net zero emissions by 2050.”

Other communities and businesses that will receive DERA funding are:

  • City of Boston – $350,000: Twelve propane-powered school buses, based in the Dorchester bus station.
  • Town of Newton – $81,250: Front-end loader.
  • Estes Express Lines – $193,416: Eight Class 8 short-haul tractor-trailers, based in Avon, Billerica and Shrewsbury.
  • George Propane, Inc. – $44,213: Class 7 cab and chassis with propane tank, based in Goshen.
  • Town of Grafton – $60,205: A Class 8 short-haul tractor-trailer.
  • Town of Winchendon – $43,934: A front-end loader.
  • Winchendon Fire Department – $175,904: A Class 8 fire apparatus.

“The Baker-Polito administration continues to take aggressive action to build a clean and modern transport system and to advance efforts that will help the Commonwealth meet its ambitious emissions targets,” the secretary said. ‘Energy and Environmental Affairs, Kathleen Theoharides. “Working with communities and fleet managers, this funding will help support technology upgrades and replace existing polluting vehicles and engines with cleaner replacements.”

The Baker-Polito administration estimates that funding for these grants will result in a reduction of 35.4 short tons of nitrogen oxide (NOX ) and 1,580 short tons of CO2, as well as an 87% reduction on average in PM2.5.

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