Josh RultenbergDec 1, 2017, 1:15 pm

New Castle receives $100K grant, considers buying electric shuttle bus

The town seeks the help of Summit/Greenfield to help pay for expenses

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CHAPPAQUA — Leaders in the Town of New Castle are looking at possibly buying an electric shuttle bus to get commuters from Chappaqua Crossing to the Metro North Station.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Agency awarded the town a $100,000 clean energy community grant.

The purpose of the grant was to buy either an 18 to 22-passenger shuttle bus or trolley.
"The reason we received the grant was our effort to reduce greenhouse emissions and the money must be used for a project that will further do that," says New Castle Town Supervisor Robert Greenstein.
Estimates for the electric shuttle bus are around $250,000 and $280,000 for the trolley.

New Castle could receive more potential help from the agency should it decide to award the town a $90,000 rebate.

If New Castle decides to buy a new vehicle, it would want Summit/Greenfield to help pay for it.

However, a developer has already been contracted to run shuttles between the former Reader's Digest campus and Chappaqua Station, until residential construction is finished in the area.

Town Supervisor Robert Greenstein says New Castle's Sustainability Advisory Board is to thank for the grant and he thinks the shuttle would fit in well.

"It represents who we are. We are a green community. We've done a tremendous amount of green initiatives here in New Castle,” says Greenstein.
If the plan to bring the electric shuttle doesn’t work out, the town is considering a hybrid.

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