The Worcester Regional Transit Authority received a $4.4 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration’s Clean Fuel Program for the purchase of three new electric buses.
The new buses are EcoRide Zero Emission Battery Electric Transit buses to be used in the WRTA fleet replacing older straight diesel buses (example photo above). The WRTA estimates the replacement of the older buses will eliminate 53 tons of harmful emissions and reduce fuel consumption by more than 23,000 gallons per year and reducing operating costs by $500,000.
The new electric buses recharge in less than 10 minutes and can run up to 35 miles before recharging. The buses run cleaner, quieter and are 600% more fuel efficient than straight diesel buses.
The WRTA is very excited to introduce these buses to its fleet and the riding public. The new buses will reduce the WRTA’s carbon footprint and the agency’s dependency on a single source of fuel. The new buses are expected to be on site in the fall of 2013.
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