The Terminal Modernization Program, which is a $1.4 billion project at the airport, will continue with the installation of two electric shuttles and an EV charging station.
The Federal Aviation Administration has selected PIT to be one of its latest recipients of its Zero Emission Vehicle Grant Program. This award includes $1.4 million for the airport, which will go towards the purchase of two buses as well as a direct-current fast-charging system for resupplying the buses with electricity.
Officials at the airport are still trying to determine a timeline on when buses will be purchased to transport passengers from various parking lots to the terminal. A spokesperson for the airport said that it is possible the buses could even be in use before the new terminal, scheduled to open at the beginning of 2025, opens.
At least initially, the buses will add capacity to the shuttle fleet. Airport officials will determine the fate of fossil fuel-burning buses at a future date.
Vince Gastgeb said, "Sustainability has always been a priority for PIT. I would like to thank the federal partners who have recognized that airports offer opportunities to reduce the carbon footprint of our industry."
PIT will be joining a growing number of airports that have added electric shuttles as part of their fleets of passenger-moving vehicles.