SHERMAN SECURES $475,000 FOR ZERO EMISSIONS BUSES
Congressman Brad Sherman announced that Congress approved nearly a half million dollars in federal appropriations funding for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Zero Emissions Bus Project.
The $475,000 in strategically targeted federal investments that Sherman secured is included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2009, which passed the Senate today, and now heads to the White House for President Obama's signature.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will receive $475,000 in federal funds to demonstrate the latest zero emission technologies in heavily urbanized operating environments such as the San Fernando Valley. This funding will be used to help demonstrate the commercial and operational viability of current generation fuel cell-powered buses. The Zero Emissions Bus Project will be the first zero emission demonstration project in the Los Angeles basin.
"We are very pleased that Congressman Sherman successfully secured funding for Metro's zero emission bus project," remarked Metro Chief Executive Officer Roger Snoble. "Metro transit services currently reduce air pollution in Los Angeles County by over 1,100 metric tons each day. With the funding made available through Congressman Sherman's efforts, we look forward to further enhancing our clean air fleet," Snoble added.
"Given the drastic effects of climate change, we have a responsibility to act quickly to reduce harmful emissions of greenhouse gases," said Congressman Sherman. "I am glad that the Congress is recognizing the need to employ environmentally-friendly technologies as part of our efforts to improve mass transit systems."