WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a $2.6 million grant to the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) for the purchase of up to 11 zero-emission electric buses and two charging stations that will service Central Ohio residents. Brown pushed the Trump administration to support the project in June, urging DOT Secretary Elaine Chao to fully consider COTA’s application.

“Franklin County riders rely on buses to take them to work, school, or appointments, and now those trips can be emission-free,” said Brown. “This investment will help COTA improve service for their riders and help Ohio continue its leadership in developing and deploying the next generation of zero-emission buses.” 

“This grant expedites the transition of mass transit to electrification right here in the heart of the nation’s largest mobility ecosystem,” said COTA President/CEO Joanna M. Pinkerton. “We appreciate the Federal Transit Administration’s support of our commitment to a low- or no-emission fleet by 2025 through this grant, and will continue to apply sustainable, eco-friendly practices to reduce emissions as growth in our region increases demand on our system.” 

These funds are part of the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Low or No Emission (Low-No) Program. As the ranking member of the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, which oversees FTA, Brown has championed federal investment in zero-emission buses.

During Senate consideration of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act in 2015, Brown worked to double federal investment in zero-emission projects like the COTA project.