Gov. Kathy Hochul announced $100 million will be made available statewide for zero-emission school buses in the first round of funding available for these buses under the $4.2 billion Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act of 2022.
School districts and bus operators that use this funding will be able to phase out fossil fuel buses, curb emissions, and make zero-emission buses more affordable. The announcement supports the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 85% by 2050. It also backs Gov. Hochul’s State of the State initiative to require all new school buses sold in New York State be zero-emission by 2027 and all school buses on the road be zero-emission by 2035.
In a statement Gov. Hochul said the commitment of public funds and guidance released puts schools and bus operators in the state on a trajectory to embrace clean transportation and the benefits it’ll bring.