WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont congressional delegation says the state Agency of Transportation will receive a $3 million federal grant to buy electric buses and install vehicle charging stations in the Upper Connecticut River Valley.

Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy, independent Sen. Bernie Sanders and Democratic U.S. Rep. Peter Welch say the electric bus project will help Vermont reduce local air pollution, improve public transit infrastructure and support the state’s goals to eliminate carbon emissions and combat climate change.

It will also help expand the benefits of its electric bus fleet into rural communities.

The grant was from the Transportation Department’s Low or No-Emission Vehicle Competitive Program.

The project will be implemented in partnership with Green Mountain Power and Advance Transit, which provides service in Vermont and New Hampshire.

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