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Aspen’s elected officials this week committed to spending $1.8 million for a fleet of battery-powered buses that are expected to hit the streets next year.

The city’s expenditure is only a portion of the total cost, which is estimated to be $8.45 million, for eight electric buses manufactured by New Flyer. The specific model that transportation officials have selected is called the “Xcelsior Charge.”

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The rest of the money will come from RFTA, federal and state grants, as well as the Elected Officials Transportation Committee, which is comprised of the city of Aspen, Pitkin County and Snowmass Village.

Both RFTA and the city had to increase their funding because competition for a federal grant was much stiffer than anticipated.

“The slice of the pie got smaller and the (Federal Transit Administration) didn’t have enough money for all of the applicants,” John Krueger, the city’s transportation director, said Wednesday. “Then it was like, ‘Wow we have a funding shortfall here.’”

Read the full story at AspenTimes.com.

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