Rep. Napolitano Welcomes $10 Million Green Bus Line to Pomona
(Washington D.C.)- Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano congratulated Foothill Transit on the $10 million in federal funding it received from the Department of Transportation for its new electric “Ecoliner” buses running from Pomona to La Verne.
“I congratulate Foothill Transit and the City of Pomona on their new electric bus line,” Napolitano said. “These state-of-the-art buses will get people where they need to go quickly and without air pollution. Millions of Americans rely on public transportation to travel within our cities, and these projects deserve continued support at all levels of the government.”
Foothill Transit received the $10,170,000 grant through the TIGGER (Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction) II competitive grant program from the Federal Transit Administration. Napolitano sits on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which created the TIGGER grant program in 2008.
Foothill Transit will use the funding to quadruple its fleet of American-made “Eco-liner” buses from 3 to 12. Ecoliner buses are electric and can recharge their batteries within ten minutes.
In September, Napolitano and other officials celebrated the arrival of the first three Ecoliner buses at a ceremony in Pomona. The original three buses were funded with stimulus dollars provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.