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Connect Transit gets additional $2.8M for electric buses and charging infrastructure

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A Connect Transit bus travels through Uptown Normal.

Connect Transit is set to receive close to $2.8 million more in federal funding to help in the electrification of its bus fleet.

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee has announced funding for several electric bus and charging infrastructure projects in Illinois through the omnibus appropriations bill signed into law in March.

Bloomington-Normal’s public transportation service announced in August it won approval for a $13 million U.S. Department of Transportation grant for electric buses and its micro-transit vans.

The $2.78 million that was earmarked through Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin’s Statewide Electric Bus and Charging Infrastructure Program, is additional money for Connect Transit.

“The (funding) will be utilized to continue the electrification of our fleet and expand our charging infrastructure, including facility enhancements and expansion of our alternative energy sources,” Connect Transit marketing manager Aubrey Staton said in a statement.

Durbin and U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., previously announced Illinois secured $211 million for various projects through the omnibus bill.

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