Federal $6.7M grant will help Stamford electrify buses
A $6.7 million federal grant will help the state Department of Transportation’s overhaul the CTtransit bus station near Stamford’s Harbor Point, and pave the way for a fleet of 12 battery-electric buses to serve the city and New Haven service areas.
The grant will upgrade the terminal to support the new buses, including “upgrades to the building’s HVAC system, electrical upgrades to handle increased loads, upgrades to fire suppression systems and LED lighting upgrades,” Gov. Ned Lamont’s office said in a press release Thursday.
A dozen buses for Stamford and New Haven have already been ordered, the governor’s office said. Those vehicles are being paid for using funds the state received from the 2018 dieselgate settlement with Volkswagen, as well as a mix of federal and state funding.
“Connecticut’s public transit system is long overdue for a modernization, and this grant will help in our transition to an electric bus fleet on the CTtransit system, which will provide both environmental and economic benefits to the region,” Lamont said in the prepared statement.
The Greater Bridgeport Transit Authority, which serves riders in that city as well as surrounding communities, is also planning to purchase electric buses.
“The everyday users of our Transportation Center are the main benefactors of this upgrade to our bus infrastructure,” Stamford Mayor David Martin said in a prepared statement. “Improving our buses and facilities are a good start to the modernization needed at the Stamford Transportation Center, which continues to be the most active train station in all of Connecticut.”