Work on electric charging stations for Juneau buses to begin in spring

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Juneau's Public Works Director spoke on the federal grant CBJ will receive from the federal government to provide charging stations for electric buses.

    The grant comes from the U. S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration. As part of the grant, Juneau will receive nearly $1.5 Million.

    We spoke with Juneau public works director Katie Koester about the funding.

    "This grant application period actually was relatively recent. The low-no grant is an ongoing grant. So every year we have an opportunity to apply for low and no emission programs or capital projects that would advance those goals. So we did apply for this grant, realizing that we would need to install some on Route charging for electric buses. It's kind of a part of our overall long-term planning, but it's especially necessary given the range of the bus now that we've had it for some time."

    Koester says they have already broke ground.

    "The two fast-charging stations will be installed at the Valley Transit Center, and we've already broken ground on that. So what we're going to need to be doing this spring is installing the conduit and the infrastructure in order to be able to install those charging stations. So in essence that work will begin in the very near term, even though we might not see the chargers in place for some time. "

    She was asked what her reaction was to the funding, she said she was pleased.

    "I think it reflects his community's commitment to making the electric buses work. I think it also allows us to have some creative solutions to electric buses in a colder climate and rainy climate and I think that that's going to be really positive for this project moving forward."

    The funding is part of President Biden's Infrastructure legislation.

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