A new, nearly $3.2 million federal grant was awarded to the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport to purchase six zero-emissions shuttle buses and associated charging infrastructure, announced U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) today.
The $3,194,980 grant -- awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation -- will support plans to purchase all-electric buses to replace the airport's current fleet of compressed natural gas (CNG) buses. Mineta is located in an Environmental Protection Agency-designated nonattainment area for ozone and particulate matter and maintenance area for carbon monoxide.
"This federal investment in Mineta transitions SJC airport shuttle buses to zero-emission vehicles that will improve passenger health while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions," said Lofgren. "I applaud Mineta for this green vehicle initiative that will help improve air quality in Silicon Valley."
Lofgren has been instrumental in securing federal grants for Mineta San Jose International Airport. Last year, Lofgren helped Mineta receive more than $15 million for infrastructure improvements and perimeter security upgrades. Earlier this summer she also announced more than $1 million for infrastructure improvements and the purchase of new safety equipment.