Cantwell Applauds $1.3 Million Grant to the City of Everett for New Battery Electric Bus

Grant to support electrifying Everett’s bus fleet, improve air quality

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), the Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, announced $1.3 million in grants from the Department of Transportation was awarded to the City of Everett.

The Low and No Emission (Low-No) Vehicle Grant Program helps transit agencies purchase and lease low- or no-emission buses and other transit vehicles, such as those powered by battery electric and fuel-cell power to provide cleaner, more energy efficient transit services.

The funds going to the City of Everett Transit will be used to purchase a new battery electric bus to replace one of their diesel buses that has reached the end of its useful life. The project will advance Everett Transit's goal to transition to an all-electric bus fleet as it seeks to improve air quality and public health in an area highly impacted by air pollution.

In April, Senator Cantwell wrote a letter to the Acting Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration to advocate for the City of Everett to receive this grant.

For over two decades, Senator Cantwell has been a steadfast advocate for environmental protections and decarbonization. Most recently, Cantwell authored and introduced the Fueling America’s Security and Transportation with Electricity Act of 2021 (FAST Electricity Act) which creates a new federal tax incentive to accelerate the manufacture and adoption of all types of electrified transportation modes including recreational vehicles, boats, ships, planes, and industrial equipment such as forklifts, tractors, excavators, and port equipment. 

The Spokane Transit Authority also received a grant from the same program for more than $6.3 million.

Everett’s DOT grant award announcement is HERE.