The state House of Representatives will consider two bills today that would provide funding programs to convert bus fleets to natural-gas vehicles.
House Bills 302 and 303 will both be on second consideration when the House convenes at 1 p.m. today.
HB 302 would create the Keystone Transit Program, which would allow the state Department of Environmental Protection to offer a competitive grant program for small mass-transit companies to covert their bus fleets to compressed-natural-gas vehicles.
HB 303 is similar and would create the Clean Transit Program, providing for DEP to offer a grant program for large mass-transit companies to convert their fleets in the same way.
Small companies would be defined as those that use less than 245,000 revenue vehicle hours for two consecutive years, according to the bill's draft. Large companies would be those that exceed 245,000 revenue vehicle hours.
The money for the funds — $7.5 million for the Clean Transit Program and $5 million for the Keystone Transit Program — would come from the utilities' gross-receipts tax.