MARTA is replacing six diesel-powered buses with zero-emission electric buses, thanks to a $2.6 million federal grant awarded Monday.
The grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will represent a gasoline savings equivalent to nearly 250 years of gas for the average American car driver. The new buses also will prevent the release of fine particulate matter – pollutants suspended in the air in the form of minute solid particles or liquid droplets – hazardous both to human health and the environment.
“Receiving the Low-No grant will help MARTA put technologically advanced buses with low-to-no emission in densely populated area with high ridership routes,” said Jeffrey Parker, MARTA’s general manager and CEO. “This welcomed first step toward making our bus fleet environmentally friendly will have community-wide impact.”