The humble yellow school bus, an iconic symbol of American education, is getting an exciting upgrade in 2021. The bipartisan infrastructure investment package just passed by Congress provides $2.5 billion in funding specifically for zero-emission electric school buses and an additional $2.5 billion for all types of low-emission school buses (which could include electric buses).
This funding is a huge win for our kids, schools and planet. The money will pay to replace thousands of diesel buses with clean electric models. While I have fond memories of riding the bus to field trips and soccer games as a public school student, I also remember the nauseating smell and taste of diesel fumes. Soon, children will get to ride in cleaner, quieter buses without a daily dose of toxic air pollution.