SoCal Schools Receive Battery-Powered Buses

Several school districts in Southern California will be receiving battery-powered buses thanks to a decision by the board of the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

On Friday, a day after POTUS pulled out of the Paris Agreement, the SCAQMD board voted to supply 18 districts and charter schools with 33 battery-powered buses. Each bus costs $268,000, so the total cost is estimated to be $8.844 million from the Carl Moyer Program AB 923 Fund.

In February, 51 school districts and two charter schools applied for up to 295 electric school buses. Schools located in disproportionately impacted areas with high poverty levels and high cancer risks were selected recipients.

SCAQMD is expecting that this program will lower the amount of air pollution, reduce the exposure to diesel emissions, and provide safer transportation for children.

The following 15 districts will receive two buses:

  • Anaheim Elementary School District
  • Anaheim Union High School District
  • Baldwin Park Unified School District
  • Bassett Unified School District
  • Bellflower Unified School District
  • Coachella Valley Unified School District
  • Fontana Unified School District
  • Jurupa Unified School District
  • Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Lynwood Unified School District
  • Magnolia School District
  • Montebello Unified School District
  • Mountain View School District
  • Rialto Unified School District
  • Savanna School District

The following three schools requested funding for only one electric school bus.

  • Covina Valley Unified School District
  • Los Angeles Leadership Primary Academy
  • Today’s Fresh Start Charter School