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Port Authority approved for $1.9 million grant to purchase electric buses

Bob Bauder
Port Authority of Allegheny County riders would be able to pay fares through a smart phone application in 2020 under a service up for a vote on Friday by the PAT board of directors. Port Authority of Allegheny County is in line for a $1.9 million grant that will be used to purchase electric buses.

The Federal Transit Administration has approved a $1.9 million grant for the Port Authority of Allegheny County that will be used to purchase electric buses, according to U.S. Sen. Bob Casey’s Office and the authority.

Authority spokesman Adam Brandolph said two electric buses are now on order and should arrive later this year. They will be the first electric buses in the authority’s fleet. Brandolph said the grant would permit the purchase several more.

The grant money, he said, is being used to replace buses fueled by diesel.

The authority maintains a fleet of about 720 buses.

Bob Bauder is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bob at 412-765-2312, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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