Focus on Sustainability
Climate change is an urgent reality. In response, the City has set a municipal goal of using 100 percent renewable energy sources and becoming carbon neutral by the year 2030.
Metro Transit accounts for a significant portion of all the carbon City vehicles emit.
To clean our air and protect our planet, Metro is currently testing the use of three all-electric buses and plans to start converting a large portion of its fleet to electric vehicles in the coming years.
Metro's New Electric Buses
Metro is testing three Proterra electric buses that can operate up to 350 miles on a single charge. The power/fuel cost to operate a Proterra bus is $0.16 per mile compared to $0.63 per mile for Metro’s hybrid electric buses, $0.74 per mile for compressed natural gas vehicles, and $0.84 per mile for standard diesel buses.
In addition to zero emissions and outstanding fuel economy, these buses create little to no noise when idling.
In motion, they operate at a noise level that is measured below that of a normal conversation. It is also expected that these vehicles will carry a much lower maintenance cost than standard diesel buses.