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. 

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