New Electric School Buses for the Children of Lawrence

Lawrence Mayor Brian A. DePena’s Office gratefully welcomed his new partnership with Beacon Mobility to not only help the City of Lawrence with the Mayor’s Economic Prosperity Plan by training and hiring our residents, but it will also help us protect our children’s health by reducing pollution.

With funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law of 2021, the Biden-Harris Administration allocated $500 million for all states — the first round of funding with $5 billion in total— for school districts to replace the nation’s fleet of school buses with low and zero-emission buses. The Clean School Bus (CSB) program is expected to be fully implemented by 2026.

As a high-need school district and underprivileged community, Lawrence is eligible to apply for electrical school buses along with other 24 communities in Massachusetts. “This is exactly what this is about -creating jobs and economic opportunities for people in your community,” said Governor Baker.

The recruiting and training center will provide approximately 200 new jobs at NRT Bus, Van Pool, Trombly Motor Coach, Salter Transportation, and JYL Transportation, all part of Beacon Mobility.
“We look forward to seeing the wheels of our electrical buses going round and round across the city and the Commonwealth sooner or later,” concluded Mayor’s Assistant, Jhovanny Martes.

Located at 276 Essex Street in Lawrence, the Center’s staff will be available to assist with job applications, resume building, training course enrollment (virtual and in-person), and CDL training certifications. All services will be available in both English and Spanish.

The mayor was joined by Governor Charlie Baker, Labor, and Workforce Development Secretary Rosalin Acosta, DESE Commissioner Jeffrey Riley, the Lawrence State Delegation, the Lawrence City Council, and NRT Bus, Van Pool, Salter Transportation Authorities to celebrate the grand opening of a new, walk-in recruiting and training center located at 276 Essex Street in Lawrence, Massachusetts. ◊