New York Transit Authority Begins Electric Bus Service

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is taking steps to help make the air of New York City a bit cleaner through the use of electric buses. Ten such vehicles have been deployed for use in the waterfront areas in Brooklyn and Queens and on two routes, M-42 and M-50, which connect other parts of the city.
In order to accommodate the needs of the vehicles, six charging stations will be installed at the Grand Avenue depot and another at the Williamsburg Bridge Plaza. The vehicles will be used over a trial period that is expected to last three years. If the vehicles are efficient and successful, 60 more electric buses will be added to the MTA fleet. In addition to the electric vehicles, the public corporation has ordered 110 buses that operate on natural gas. These vehicles will replace older buses that currently serve the Bronx and Brooklyn areas. Most of the MTA fleet will still be comprised of conventional vehicles, with the corporation having recently purchased more than 600 diesel-powered buses. More about the planned used of electric buses in New York City is available at
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo noted that the upgrades in its fleet will give the MTA an opportunity to try out vehicles that are more modern and easier on the environment. Accusations that the MTA is moving too slowly to reduce emissions have been refuted its managing director, Ronnie Hakim, who said that he prefers a slower transition to the new technology to avoid mistakes that could be costly to the city. This is especially true when considering that other cities have reported problems with electric buses in temperatures that are unusually high or low.
In addition to protecting the environment, the purchase of the new buses should benefit the nation’s economy when considering that the vehicles are American-built. The vehicles were made by the Proterra company, based in California, and by New Flyer Industries, a Canadian firm that does manufacturing in the United States. Proterra will also be responsible for installing the charging stations.
The MTA is the nation’s largest public transit authority, carrying some 11 million passengers every weekday. It also operates seven toll bridges and two tunnels.