Lipinski Helps Bring Zero-Emission, All-Electric Buses to CTA Which Will Help the Environment and Pave Way for New Clean Technologies (July 22, 2016)
Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) is announcing that the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) will be receiving a Department of Transportation grant for $3.62 million dollars to add battery-powered, zero-emission, all-electric buses with en-route charging capabilities to their fleet. As the senior member from the state on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and co-chair of the House Public Transportation Caucus, Lipinski fought hard to include funding for zero-emission buses in the long-term transportation bill – known as the FAST Act – that was signed into law at the end of last year.
“During consideration of the FAST Act, I strongly advocated for the inclusion of funding for public transit, including two grant programs that will assist transit agencies such as the CTA in acquiring new buses and maintaining the infrastructure that supports them,” said Rep. Lipinski. “This grant is a step forward for the CTA in helping the environment and paving the way for more clean transportation technology. As a member of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, I continue to be devoted to promoting American clean energy innovation.”
In April of this year, as co-chair of the Public Transportation Caucus, Lipinski hosted a panel of experts to discuss electric bus technology. CTA President Dorval Carter joined the panel to share the agency’s experiences operating electric buses and their plans to acquire 20-30 new buses in the next several years. Across the U.S., there are currently 23 transit agencies operating nearly 120 electric drive or fuel cell buses.