INDIANAPOLIS — IndyGo was recently announced as the recipient of $19 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to purchase 40-foot, diesel-electric, hybrid buses from Gillig to replace older buses in its fleet. The vehicles will be equipped with Allison Transmission’s eGen FlexTM electric hybrid propulsion system that allows the vehicles to operate in an all-electric mode for up to 10 consecutive miles or 50 minutes before converting back to hybrid propulsion. This electric-only mode can be utilized multiple times per route and per day.
These clean, quiet and modern vehicles will help eliminate emissions and improve air quality and service reliability. The funding comes from the FTA’s Buses and Bus Facilities and Low- and No-Emission Vehicle programs from President Joe Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
IndyGo’s previous efforts of putting hybrid and electric buses into service have already resulted in saving 21,555 metric tons of carbon emissions and 2,100,000 gallons of diesel fuel.
“Receiving this money for these buses will further the progress we’ve already made as we work to continually reduce harmful emissions in the downtown core of Indianapolis,” IndyGo President and CEO Inez Evans said. “We’re grateful for these funds and the continued support from the FTA in helping empower us to come closer to reaching our near-zero emissions goals and safely move Indianapolis forward.”
The FTA’s Fiscal Year 2023 Low- and No-Emission and Buses and Bus Facilities programs will provide 130 recipients nearly $1.7 billion total from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for transit projects in 46 states and territories. This investment is the second bus grant package funded by the infrastructure law, which has now invested more than $3.3 billion in American transit buses and the infrastructure that supports them. The programs support the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to expand our nation’s transportation infrastructure, create and maintain good-paying jobs and fight climate change.
Learn more about the project and see other grant recipients here.