WENATCHEE — The U.S. secretary of transportation announced $3 million for Link Transit on Thursday, and praised Link’s electric-bus project.
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood described Link’s project as one of the best out of more than $2 billion in grant requests by transit agencies across the country, according to a Link news release.
LaHood, who spoke at a New Partners For Smart Growth Conference in Seattle, described Link’s upcoming electric-bus project as “innovative” in the effort to reduce pollution and greenhouse gases, the release said.
Link is the first agency in the country to receive funding under the Transportation Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) grant program.
The money will be used to purchase five electric buses and a charging station, which Link anticipates should be up and running this summer.
Eric West, marketing coordinator for Link, said Friday that the transit authority recently applied for a second TIGGER grant.
He said the $3.2 million to $3.4 million grant would be for four more electric vehicles and additional charging stations for Leavenworth, Cashmere and Chelan.
If granted, West said, the additional funding would replace the diesel powered trolleys currently operating in those communities.
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