Nearly 400 school districts spanning all 50 states and Washington, D.C., along with several tribes and U.S. territories, are receiving roughly $1 billion in grants to purchase about 2,500 “clean” school buses under a new federal program.
Democratic lawmakers are unveiling legislation that would invest $25 billion to convert the nation’s fleet of gasoline- and diesel-powered school buses to electric vehicles, aiming at a component of President Joe Biden’s $2.25 trillion infrastructure plan to improve children’s health.
The 100-year-old over-the-road motorcoach industry is struggling for survival as most of the nation’s 36,000 buses are sitting in parking lots because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
WASHINGTON — Lawmakers allocated $61 billion to airlines, $25 billion to transit and $1 billion for Amtrak in the roughly $2 trillion coronavirus rescue package, but the motorcoach industry, which includes charter buses, private transit buses and passenger buses, said it has been largely ignored.
Transit officials in San Diego are rolling out a new $12.5 million pilot program to test the region’s first electric buses.
Much is written about how the trucking industry loses drivers to other lines of work, but in some cases they’re not leaving to do something else — they’re leaving to drive something else: motorcoaches. Ironically, the bus industry is dealing with a driver shortage of its own.
A pair of self-driving shuttle buses should begin motoring around Ann Arbor, Mich., later in April in an ambitious test of the new technology.
WASHINGTON — The nation’s top transportation officer will hop on a bus Feb. 17 for a tour of five states to tell residents about the need to upgrade aging infrastructure around the country.