CyRide Receives $1.6 Million for Electric Buses
CyRide, Ames Area Transit Agency, has received grant funding for 2 electric buses through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Low- or No-Emission (Low-No) Grant program. This grant will be worth 1.66 million dollars.
CyRide is funded through a partnership of student fees, Iowa State University, and the City of Ames. Grants like these from the State and Federal Government help your student fee dollars go farther.
On April 3rd 2019, Student Government Senate passed 2018-3-029 SR which endorsed the Low-No grant application. This resolution helped signal to the FTA strong local support for receiving the grant and high community engagement with CyRide as a whole.
Student Government has two trustees on the CyRide Board of Trustees that oversee the Agency, Juan Bibiloni and Jacob Schrader. Trustee Schrader says that “The two most common things for people to talk to me about is that the cost of college is too high and that they wish Iowa State was more sustainable. This grant allows CyRide to address both problems. I am proud to have been a part of this process.”
Student Government is excited for these electric buses to be delivered in the near future and is proud of the role students have in making CyRide one of the greatest transit agencies in the Midwest.