BROWNSVILLE, TX – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded the city of Brownsville, Texas a $4.7 million grant to replace six diesel buses with battery-powered electric buses.
Brownsville Mayor John Cowen Jr. announced that the grant represents an important step in the city’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and providing cleaner, more efficient public transportation.
“We are immensely grateful and excited to receive this generous grant. This funding will allow our City to continue to do its part to improve air quality in the South Texas region as it continues its transition path to zero emissions. This not only benefits our environment, but also promotes a higher quality of life for our residents,” said Mayor Cowen.
The Gillig Allison eGen Flex system, which is the vehicle’s engine allows transit agencies to establish zones where the bus will automatically operate at full zero emissions with the engine off in pedestrian zones, such as neighborhoods, parks, downtowns and other environmentally sensitive areas. Subsequently, it is recharged in diesel hybrid operation in less environmentally sensitive areas.
“These new buses will allow Bmetro to continue to provide access to jobs and healthcare, while meeting other daily needs of residents, through reliable transportation,” said Brownsville City Manager Helen Ramirez.
The FTA grant will facilitate the purchase of six battery-powered electric buses. These more advanced trucks will provide a quieter, smoother ride and experience for residents, while creating a more environmentally friendly trip for residents and visitors.
The replacement of the six buses is consistent with the City of Brownsville’s most recent Transit Asset Management plan and the fleet’s current zero-emission transition plan.