Kansas City Area Transportation Authority gets $1.4M to replace diesel buses

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority has received a $1.4 million federal grant to replace aging diesel buses with buses powered by cleaner-burning compressed natural gas.

KCATA spokeswoman Cynthia Baker said the grant, along with a $260,000 local match, would allow the authority to buy four buses at $415,000 each.

These will be the agency’s first CNG-equipped buses as it seeks to replace its diesel fleet, Baker said.

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded a total of $59.3 million in grants to 27 transit groups looking to buy cleaner buses that reduce air pollution and improve fuel economy.

Department officials noted that U.S. transit ridership has increased during 16 of the past 19 months.​

This article was first published by Kansa City Business journal.

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