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Proterra Buses for Illinois MetroLink

August 29, 2016 in CNG, Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order, NGVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Two 40-Foot All-Battery Vehicles for Moline-Based Agency

Proterra said Friday that the Illinois Quad Cities’ MetroLink transit organization is going forward with the purchase of two 40-foot Proterra XR electric buses this autumn, “with the potential to significantly expand their zero emission vehicle fleet over the next four years.”

Proterra battery bus on trial with Quad Cities MetroLink – note CNG bus, one of nearly four dozen, at right.

Proterra battery bus on trial with Quad Cities MetroLink – note CNG bus, one of nearly four dozen, at right.



“These new battery-electric Proterra buses will not only provide an environmentally friendly service to our customers, they’ll also exemplify MetroLink’s longstanding commitment to eco-conscious infrastructure adoption,” said MetroLink GM Jeff Nelson says in a joint release.

“With MetroLink and other progressive agencies serving as models, the Midwest is quickly pivoting away from diesel and committing to sustainable mobility solutions that simply make economic and environmental sense,” said Proterra CEO Ryan Popple.

In Service Next Summer

“The Proterra buses are our first electric buses,” says MetroLink administration manger Jennifer Garrity. “We hope to have those in service by next summer,” she told F&F.

Matt Simaytis is director of maintenance.

Proterra has sold With 307 zero-emission buses sold to 35 different municipal, university and commercial customers.

New CNG Buses for MetroLink Too

MetroLink began operating compressed natural gas-fueled buses with John Deere engines in 2002, and currently has 45 CNG buses. The agency is taking delivery of ten new CXNG buses from New Flyer in the coming weeks, replacing its original natural gas vehicles.

MetroLink has an annual total ridership of 3.5 million passengers. The agency began operating CNG/compressed natural gas-fueled buses with John Deere engines in 2002.

The Quad Cities, says Wikipedia, is a region of four counties in northwest Illinois and Southeastern Iowa: “The urban core consists of five principal cities: Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa, and Rock Island, Moline, and East Moline in Illinois.”


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Source: Proterra with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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