PHOENIX (3TV/CBS5) -- Gov. Doug Ducey announced on Thursday morning that 55 Arizona school districts have received approval to purchase new school buses.
142 diesel and alternative fuel school buses will provide low-income schools with reliable transportation for their students. In total, $15.9 million has been secured for the new school buses.
“Finding new, innovative opportunities to increase much-needed resources for K-12 will continue to be a major focus of my administration,” said Ducey. ”The purchase of these school buses will ensure that schoolchildren will be safely transported to and from school and that schools can leverage these dollars or use cost savings from efficiencies to further update their fleets or for other capital needs.”
In June, Ducey released a $38 million plan to purchase 280 school buses from settlement funds from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust.
Arizona has received 118 applications from school districts and charter schools, resulting in requests for 362 buses. Check out a list of applications awarded here.
A second round of awards are expected to be announced in the future, a specific timeline has not been released.