Cape Cod ferry OKs electric bus purchase with grant funds
FALMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — The ferry service that connects Cape Cod to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard approved the use of grant funds to purchase electric shuttle buses.
The Steamship Authority will purchase three electric buses at a cost not to exceed $2.9 million using federal grants and funds from the Volkswagen Settlement Grant Program that the state administers, the board said in a statement Wednesday.
Two of the 40-foot long, low-floor electric buses will transport riders from the off-site parking lot in Woods Hole to the ferry terminal and the other will transport riders from the Hyannis off-site parking lot to the terminal there.
“We are thankful for the support from both the state and federal grant programs that are helping to offset the cost of these vital additions to our shuttle fleet,” said Robert B. Davis, general manager of the authority.
The authority is buying the buses and charging equipment from BYD North America and said they will be in service starting in 2022.