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South Coast Bus System Gets Federal Grant To Buy New Cleaner Busses

A South Coast bus system is getting federal funding to replace some of its oldest and most polluting busses.

The Department of Transportation is giving Santa Barbara County’s Metropolitan Transit District $5.6 million dollars. It will allow the district to replace 14 of its older busses with clean diesel, or battery electric vehicles between now and 2018.

Nationwide, the Department of Transportation awarded $211 million dollars for 61 projects to improve bus service.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.