DEP Announces $3 Million in Grants through Driving PA Forward Grant Program 

Pennsylvania announced $3 million in funding through the Driving PA Forward – Truck & Bus Fleet Grant Program (formerly the Class 8 Truck and Transit Bus Grant Program). Funding for the grant program comes from the Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund (as a result of a settlement against Volkswagen) and the Zero Emission Vehicle Fund.

The awards are for conversions of older diesel-powered vehicles to new clean diesel-powered vehicles leading to air quality benefits in high priority, high population density, and high traffic density areas. Five applicants were recommended for funding: Carlisle Carrier, LLC, Pennsylvania Coach Lines, Inc., Fullington School Bus, LLC, Upper Darby Township, and First Student, Inc. DEP will fully fund First Student’s project due to their efforts in meeting energy, environmental, and economic development goals.

“We are grateful to the awardees for their commitment to converting their vehicle fleets to clean diesel-powered vehicles, which decreases air pollutants, making Pennsylvania’s air cleaner,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell.

Conversions to clean diesel trucks and buses reduce large amounts of nitrogen oxide pollution from these vehicles, leading to less fine particulate matter and ozone formation. The recommended projects will also reduce hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, and carbon dioxide.

Information on the awardees are below:

Project Counties
Project Conversions to Clean Diesel Vehicles
Award Amounts
Cumberland, Northampton
Carlisle Carrier, LLC
31 Class 8 trucks
Pennsylvania Coach Lines, Inc.
10 buses
Fullington School Bus, LLC
10 school buses
Upper Darby Township
Six Class 8 trucks
Montgomery, Washington, Dauphin
First Student, Inc.
35 school buses