Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced that $6,488,000 in federal grant funding she has pushed for to support clean transportation will go to the Washoe Country Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) to help buy and operate low-and no-emissions buses. In addition to leading a letter calling for appropriations for clean bus funding, Cortez Masto also sent a letter of support for the Washoe RTC grant application to the Department of Transportation in April of 2021. Cortez Masto has consistently promoted clean transportation plans like Washoe County’s as part of her Innovation State Initiative, which encourages clean energy, reliable and safe transportation, and workforce development to help workers find good-paying jobs.
“I pushed for this federal grant funding for clean energy bus routes in Washoe County because it helps increase bus ridership, trains RTC employees in using cutting-edge technologies, and reduces air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. These 21st-century transportation solutions will get Nevadans where they want to go more efficiently and improve our air quality, and I’ll continue to push so that the Silver State gets the federal dollars to support them.”