Oregon DEQ Expands School Bus Grant Program

Oregon DEQ Expands School Bus Grant Program

Jan 25

New Buses

News release by the State of Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

January 21, 2021

As students increasingly head back to in-person schooling, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is helping to make transportation cleaner and safer for them and the environment. The agency today announced it has expanded the range of buses eligible for its Diesel School Bus Replacement Grant Program to engine model years 2002 through 2007. DEQ estimates more than 1,100 school buses now quality for funding, including those school districts that previously applied for and were awarded grants.

The program's goal is to replace, retrofit or re-power at least 450 dirty diesel school buses in an effort to protect human health and improve air quality by reducing harmful emissions. A 2015 DEQ report retails health benefits for students travelling on lower emissions buses, including improved lung function and reduced incidences of bronchitis and asthma, with resulting decreases in absenteeism.

For more information, go to Oregon DEQ's Newsroom.