PSTA FTA Lo-No Grant Application for Electric Buses

Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority officials are hoping to secure a federal grant that would help pay for nine all-electric buses.

The agency is submitting a “lo-no” grant application to the Federal Transit Administration later this week. “Lo-no” stands for low or no emission vehicle.

The grant would also pay for charging stations to support running the buses on two of the county’s smaller routes. Those include Route 32, which serves as the downtown St. Pete circular and Route 11 running from Ulmerton Road south to Greater Pinellas Point.

The downtown loop connects places like Tropicana Field, Bayfront Medical Center, USF St. Petersburg and the Sunshine Senior Center. Route 11 can connect riders to places like PTEC, the Gateway business district where corporate giants Home Shopping Network and Raymond James are located and some of the transit challenged neighborhoods of South St. Pete.

Five of the buses would be “fast charge” meaning the buses would stop for just a couple of minutes on every “loop” through downtown St. Pete to charge. The other four buses are extended range buses. They would be used for the longer Route 11 and would charge every night with occasional quick charges throughout the day at the PSTA main station where the route begins and ends.

The entire project would cost $9.525 million. The federal grant, if awarded, would cover 51 percent of that cost. PSTA would out of pocket $4.65 million. To put that into perspective, it would cost PSTA $4.5 million to purchase nine diesel buses so the federal grant basically pays for an upgrade to all electric.

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