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Some Volkswagen money to pay for electric transit buses

Gov. Ralph Northam Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of the Governors Office)
Gov. Ralph Northam (WYDaily photo/Courtesy of the Governors Office)

NORFOLK — Virginia will use part of its portion of the Volkswagen settlement over the company’s diesel emissions cheating scandal to pay for electric transit buses.

Gov. Ralph Northam made the announcement during remarks at a transportation conference in Norfolk on Wednesday.

Northam’s office said in a news release that the $14 million, or 15 percent of Virginia’s share of the settlement, will help replace heavy and medium-duty polluting vehicles with cleaner ones.

Earlier this year, the state awarded electric vehicle charging station company EVgo a contract to develop a statewide public charging network using another 15 percent of the settlement.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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