Mlaker lands grant for new buses

May 17, 2018

Gov. Tom Wolf recently announced approval of funding through the Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants program to support 19 alternative fuel projects that will save hundreds of thousands of gallons of fuel and reduce air pollution in Pennsylvania, according to a press release from his office.

The program is administered by the Department of Environmental Protection.

In Somerset County, bus company Mlaker was awarded a $45,000 grant to purchase nine new propane-powered school buses.

“These grants will not only help put more alternative fuel vehicles on the road, but also expand the infrastructure needed to drive Pennsylvania forward by reducing air pollution from cars, trucks and buses,” Wolf said in the press release.

“With rollbacks on fuel efficiency coming from the federal government, grants like AFIG to encourage smarter and cleaner fuels are critical to reducing air pollution from transportation in Pennsylvania.”

More than $1.6 million in grants were awarded across three categories: vehicle projects, refueling infrastructure projects and innovative technology projects.

The awards for vehicles will save approximately 180,000 gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel annually, according to the release.