More than $11 million going toward 52 clean school buses across Arizona

Oct 31, 2022, 4:45 AM

(AP Photo/Michael Casey, File)...

(AP Photo/Michael Casey, File)

(AP Photo/Michael Casey, File)

PHOENIX — More than $11 million in funding is going toward 52 clean buses set to be distributed across the state, officials announced Thursday.

The buses, 27 electric and 25 propane, will go to two Valley cities and six cities outside of metro Phoenix, U.S. Sens. from Arizona Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly said in a press release.

“We’re keeping Arizona children safe through cleaner and more reliable school transportation — giving peace of mind to Arizona parents knowing that their children are safe in these newer, safer buses,” Sinema said in the release.

Mesa Unified School District will receive $750,000 to invest in 25 propane buses, while Isaac Elementary School District in Phoenix will get $2.3 million to get six electric buses.

The Paloma School District in Gila Bend will receive funding for one electric bus and six will go to the Somerton Elementary District.

Other school districts include Red Mesa Unified District in Teec Nos Pos, Littlefield Unified District in Beaver Dam and Cedar Unified District in Keams Canyon.

The buses are safer, cleaner and more cost-effective, the release said.

“Thanks to our Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the funding we secured will ensure Arizona schools can continue to provide students with school bus services while also making our air cleaner with zero-emission and low-emission buses,” Kelly said.

Approximately $176 million in funding was heading toward Arizona public transportation in 2022.

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More than $11 million going toward 52 clean school buses across Arizona