FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lextran and other systems will be able to buy more environmentally friendly buses and the state will make other transportation improvements with $8.5 million from the Volkswagen mitigation settlement.
The funds are part of the $20.3 million awarded to Kentucky under the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust. That was part of $100 million secured by then-Attorney General Andy Beshear, who is now governor, after filing suit against the automaker for deceiving Kentucky consumers.
The 2020 General Assembly developed a spending plan for the funds and approved expenditures beginning July 1, 2020.
The $8.5 million announced Tuesday will replace about 170 buses and support other efforts to expand reliable and sustainable transportation in Kentucky.
Gov. Beshear, Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman and Kentucky Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet Secretary Mike Berry announced the awards.
In addition to the awards, the Volkswagen Mitigation Fund will cover some Kentucky school districts reimbursement for up to 50% of the cost of replacing up to five buses.
“We estimate approximately 170 buses can be replaced with this allocation of Volkswagen Mitigation Funds,” said Secretary Goodman. “What a difference that will make for our air quality, and for the children who ride those school buses