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With grant, Hughson adds electric buses to its fleet

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The rumble of diesel school bus engines has been replaced by the soft chimes of trolley bells on some routes in the Hughson Unified School District.

On Wednesday, April 6 four new electric buses began ferrying students to and from school, making Hughson the largest district in Stanislaus County to use the pollution-free vehicles. The move was made possible thanks to a $1.6 million grant Hughson received from the state of California, which covered most of the cost of the 84-passenger buses that are priced at $420,000 each.

The new buses replace four diesel-powered vehicles that all are about 30 years old, according to Lara Haverly, the district’s transportation supervisor. Haverly heard about the grant while at a conference in November 2019 and quickly applied. The district learned last August that the money had been awarded.

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