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Six Ohio Agencies Receive State EPA Emissions Grants

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) recently awarded a total of $10.4 million in ­Diesel Emission Reduction Grants (DERG) to six public transit agencies in the state for the replacement of older buses with newer, alternatively fueled or cleaner vehicles.

The largest grant, $2 million, went to the Central Ohio Transit Authority in Columbus for the replacement of five diesel buses with new buses powered by CNG. Laketran in Lake County and the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority each received almost $2 million for new buses, diesel for Laketran and CNG for Cleveland.

The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority received $1.8 million to replace five older diesel buses with new diesel vehicles. The Stark Area Regional Transit Authority, Canton, will replace two diesel buses, one with a CNG bus and one with a hydrogen-powered bus, with its $1.5 million grant, and Cincinnati’s Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority will use its $1.1 million grant to replace four diesel buses with new diesel vehicles.

The DERG program aims to replace public transit vehicles that are operating beyond their useful life to improve air quality while addressing needs identified in the Ohio DOT Statewide Transit Needs Study. It is supported with federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality dollars awarded by FHWA to Ohio DOT. Each grant recipient will provide a 20 percent local match.
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