More electric school buses are coming to Boston

Thanks to the EPA’s Clean School Bus Program, Boston has funding to purchase 50 additional electric school buses.

A new electric school bus.

Boston first introduced electric school buses last winter, serving an estimated 2,561 students.

Photo provided by City of Boston

Pursuing an education in Boston just got a little greener. The city will purchase 50 additional electric school buses, thanks $20 million in federal funding from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean School Bus Program.

Additionally, third-party bus provider DATTCO will receive $33 million to purchase 85 electric school buses for communities in Connecticut + Massachusetts, including Worcester, New Bedford, and Fall River.

The EPA’s program extends the environmental efforts of the Boston Green New Deal, which last year introduced 20 Blue Bird Vision electric buses to Boston Public Schools.

Federal funding for the Clean School Bus Program will continue through 2026, with plans to distribute a total of $5 billion throughout the US. According to the city’s School Bus Electrification Program, Boston aims to replace all diesel school buses with electric counterparts by 2030.