SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-06) and the Sacramento County Airport System announced over $4.5 million in funding to purchase five zero-emissions passenger shuttle buses.

The federal grant funding is provided by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. By reducing the use of conventional fossil fuels, this project will improve local air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions benefitting the health of the region. Sacramento International Airport is continuing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to help achieve regional air quality standards under the Clean Air Act. In total, the Sacramento County Airport System was awarded $4,585,637.

“The Sacramento County Airport System and Sacramento International Airport are vital economic drivers for our region and beyond,” said Congresswoman Matsui. “As we fight the effects of climate change and look for innovative new solutions to build a more sustainable future – we must supply the tools that allow for their increased adoption. I am proud that the airport is taking these steps to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and be a partner to our region as we implement the technologies of tomorrow. I thank Cindy Nichol for her leadership and the entire Sacramento County Airport System staff for their dedication to our region.”

“Developing and operating airports that interact responsibly with the environment is one of our key goals at the Sacramento County Department of Airports,” said Cindy Nichol, Director of Airports for Sacramento County. “The bus fleet conversion project is one more step toward our net zero emissions goal here at SMF, and provides important benefits for our customers and the community as a whole.”

Congresswoman Matsui has been a longtime advocate of tackling the climate crisis and curbing transportation emissions, authoring the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act, a bill to enable the upgrade of millions of diesel engines. In March, she led the effort to urge the Biden Administration to reinstate the Obama-Biden tailpipe emissions and fuel economy standards. Recently, Matsui has led the effort to secure robust funding for electric vehicles in the Build Back Better Act, last month sending a letter to Congressional leadership outlining those priorities.

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