New Grant Fuels RTA’s Move to Zero-Emission Buses

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RIVERSIDE – The Riverside Transit Agency’s move to zero-emission buses just took a big step. The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded RTA a $5.1 million grant Tuesday, Aug. 16, to buy five 40-foot hydrogen fuel cell electric buses, propelling the agency’s goal of transitioning its directly operated fleet of compressed natural gas buses to zero-emission vehicles.The move to replace all 145 large buses is expected to happen in phases beginning in 2026. Smaller buses and trolleys, currently powered by CNG and unleaded gas, could also go zero emission.News of the federal grant comes just a few weeks after RTA Chair and Temecula Mayor Pro Tem Zak Schwank, RTA Second Vice Chair and Canyon Lake Mayor Jeremy Smith and RTA Chief Executive Officer Kristin Warsinski visited Washin
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