Northern Virginia localities will receive funding to purchase 21 electric school buses, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Thursday.
The money, totaling $10.5 million statewide, will come from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust, administered by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. The office of Attorney General Mark Herring announced a settlement with Volkswagen in 2016 that committed $2.7 billion to environmental mitigation, with about $93.6 million of that coming to Virginia.
“We all benefit from transitioning away from diesel school buses and investing in clean alternatives for our transportation system,” Northam said in a news release.
Statewide, the program will fund the purchase of 83 buses in 19 school divisions. The Northern Virginia school divisions that will receive funding are:
- Arlington County, $795,000 for three buses.
- Fairfax County, $2.65 million for 10 buses
- Falls Church, $530,000 for two buses
- Loudoun County, $1.44 million for six buses
Also, Culpeper County will receive $530,000 for two buses.