CNG Public Transit Coming to the Streets of Richmond

August 26, 2022

Public transit buses are being upgraded in Richmond, Virginia as a result of an $11 million federal grant announced by U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine. Awarded through the Department of Transportation’s Fiscal Year 2022 Low or No Emission Vehicle Program, the Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC) will receive over $10 million to replace 19 of its aging diesel buses with Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses, which release fewer harmful emissions, help improve air quality, and combat climate change. Additionally, GRTC will receive $952,000 for the demolition of a deteriorating building on its property and use it as a surface parking lot to store vehicles for existing and expanded transit services. 

GRTC was one of two Virginia transit agencies to receive federal funding under the announcement. Suffolk Transit was awarded $565,000. Overall, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration awarded a total of $1.66 billion in grants to transit agencies, territories, and states across the country to invest in 150 clean bus fleets and facilities. For more information about these awards and programs, visit GRTC Transit System’s website.