Kentucky to replace older buses with cleaner options

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky on Tuesday announced it is using about $8.5 million from the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal settlement to replace old transit system buses with cleaner ones and make other transportation improvements.

The cleaner buses will help areas of Kentucky challenged with meeting federal air quality standards, according to a news release from Gov. Andy Beshear. The funding will replace 45 buses in Jefferson County, six buses each in Lexington and Northern Kentucky and one bus in Owensboro, the release stated.

The money is part of the $20.3 million awarded to Kentucky under the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust. The 2020 General Assembly developed the spending plan for the funds.

In addition, the fund will reimburse some Kentucky school districts up to 50% of the cost of replacing some of their buses. Officials estimate the money will purchase about 170 school buses.

Additional money from the fund will go towards purchasing electric vehicle charging stations.