MTA launches 60 new electric buses to boost sustainable transit in NYC

Posted: 17 May 2024 | | No comments yet

MTA’s launch of 60 new electric buses marks a major stride towards sustainable transit in New York City, supported by cutting-edge charging infrastructure and a commitment to a fully zero-emission fleet by 2040.

MTA launches 60 new electric buses to boost sustainable transit in NYC

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has announced that it has unveiled a fleet of 60 new electric buses, marking a significant step towards enhancing sustainable transit across Queens, Staten Island and Brooklyn. This initiative, part of MTA’s ambitious plan to achieve a 100% zero-emission bus fleet by 2040, underscores its commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.

The newly introduced electric buses feature state-of-the-art lightweight electric traction systems capable of recovering up to 90% of energy during braking, thereby maximising energy efficiency and reducing wear on brakes.

Funded largely by a $70 million allocation from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), including $20 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, these buses are equipped with autonomous pantograph dispensers. These innovative chargers, installed at the Grand Avenue Bus Depot in Queens, automatically connect to buses via roof-mounted arms, facilitating rapid charging.

“Every mile on these buses is a mile run less on fossil fuels – a victory every day for sustainability,” said MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber. “As the largest public bus system in North America, we are leading the way to a greener future, revolutionising public transportation, one electric bus at a time.”

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“We’re shaping a future where our buses not only connect neighbourhoods but also protect our planet,” said New York City Transit President Richard Davey. “Adopting zero emissions buses means cleaner air, a more resilient transit system and customers will enjoy the quieter rides they provide – it’s a true win, win.”

Looking ahead, MTA plans to receive an additional 205 electric buses starting in late 2025, with negotiations underway for a further 265 buses by 2027. This expansion aims to bring electric buses to a total of 11 depots, further solidifying New York City’s commitment to sustainable public transportation.

With ongoing collaborations to source new power for bus charging and extensive depot transformations to support electric buses, MTA remains steadfast in its mission to achieve a fully zero-emission bus fleet by 2040. This transition is expected to avoid 500,000 metric tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually, contributing significantly to the city’s environmental goals.