AUGUSTA, Ga. (WFXG) - The city of Augusta has received a $12 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration to buy six new battery electric buses.

The funding, combined with a $2 million local match, brings the total project cost to $14 million.

The investment will allow Augusta Transit to replace old buses, install a 360-degree bus simulator, and improve workforce development by providing more training for transit workers. City officials say this is the largest federal award in Augusta Transit's 50-year history.

Transit Director Sharon Dottery expressed the city's excitement and gratitude for the grant. “Augusta Transit is so excited and grateful to be awarded a second round of Low Emission No Emission grant funds. We will move from the first five electric buses due to arrive in 2025 to an additional six arriving in 2027. We continue to propel our clean energy initiative forward while playing a major role in workforce development by purchasing a bus operator 360-degree training simulator. We appreciate all the support shown for Augusta Transit as we continue to improve transit service for the future.”

For bus routes, schedules, and to find the best bus for your destination, call (706) 821-1719 between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

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