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Davenport CitiBus Will Buy First Electric Buses

Davenport CitiBus

Thanks to a federal grant, Davenport CitiBus will be able to buy its first electric buses.

Marla Miller, Operations Manager for Davenport's Transit Division, says the 4.8 million dollars will pay for four electric buses, plus all the changes necessary to operate them.

"We'll have to make some amendments, not only to our bus barn that houses our buses, but to our fleet bus bay to be able to maintain the buses. There'll be education so we have to designate the mechanics that are going to learn all about these electric buses, all about the electric car charging stations, troubleshooting, that type of thing."

The new, electric buses, scheduled to arrive early in 2024, will replace some 20-year old diesel buses. And that will reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by hundreds of thousands of pounds per year.

In addition to the grant from the Federal Transit Administration, CitiBus was able to raise 160,000 dollars from MidAmerican Energy and 25,000 from the Regional Develoment Authority.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.