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Lextran gets $1.4 million grant to purchase two electric buses, aimed at improving air quality

Governor Matt Bevin and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) announced Lextran will receive a $1.4 million Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) grant to purchase two electric buses, thereby improving air quality in Lexington.
Lextran will use the grant funds to replace existing diesel buses that are beyond their useful life with long-range, no-emissions electric buses. Overnight charging of the vehicles will take place at Lextran’s facility on Loudon Avenue.
“With this grant Lextran will replace aging diesel buses in our fleet. More importantly, it allows us to continue serving our passengers by connecting them to the community in a more modern and emissions-free vehicle,” remarked Carrie Butler, Lextran General Manager.
As of the end of 2018, about forty-two percent of Lextran’s current fleet was at or beyond its useful life.
The award comes as part of the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program through the federal government which aims to support surface transportation projects and other related efforts that contribute air quality improvements and provide congestion relief.
Lextran serves people and the community with mobility solutions. Lextran’s hybrid fleet includes compressed natural gas, electric and diesel coaches. They operate 27 fixed routes, a door-to-door paratransit service and a vanpool/ridesharing program. Regular bus fare is $1.00, and there are a variety of reduced fares and pass programs available to individuals who qualify. All buses are equipped with bike racks and are wheelchair accessible.

More information regarding Lextran can be found at the website.


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