The city of Arvin will purchase three electric buses, along with electric charging station infrastructure, using a $2.3 million grant from the Federal Transit Authority, the city announced Wednesday afternoon.
“Arvin is excited to be at the forefront of a much-needed change in attitude toward public transportation and improving our state’s air quality,” Arvin City Manager Jerry Breckinridge said in a statement. “The fact that we were the only California grant applicant to receive funding for these buses speaks volumes.”
The city will officially announce the grant at a press conference at 10:30 a.m., Friday at the Arvin city hall located at 200 Campus Dr.
At the event, an electric bus from the company Proterra will be displayed to showcase innovation in heavy-duty electric transportation.
The bus, which has a range of 251 miles per charge, will be coming to Arvin from Napa Valley as part of a cross-country tour, the press release said.
The city has a goal to reduce vehicle emissions by increasing multimodal transportation and encouraging non-motorized transportation. Arvin also plans to build more sidewalks, bike paths and plant trees throughout the community.
Worth Noting: Arvin receives $2.3 million grant for three electric buses, by The Bakersfield Californian Staff, The Bakersfield Californian, November 15, 2018.