California Agency to Go All-Electric on BRT Route This Month,
Will Be the First Bus Rapid Transit Operator in the U.S. to Do So
The San Joaquin Regional Transit District in California’s Central Valley will convert its express BRT/bus rapid transit route full to electricity this month, says Proterra, which is supplying the Stockton-based agency’s all-battery vehicles.
San Joaquin RTD has 12 100% battery-electric Proterra buses now and is to add five more next year.“With the nation’s first all-electric BRT route, RTD and Stockton are now leading the charge in providing safe, efficient, reliable, and exceptionally clean transportation,” RTD CEO Donna DeMartino says in a Proterra release.
RTD has two of Proterra’s now-discontinued EcoRide buses and ten newer fast-charge vehicles, says a Proterra spokesman, and is due to receive five of the manufacturer’s Catalyst E2 vehicles in 2018.
Second All-Battery BRT Route in 2018
“The price of each bus is approximately $850,000,” Proterra says.
RTD is to launch a second all-electric BRT route in January, connecting with the agency’s three existing BRT corridors, the company adds.
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Source: Proterra with Fleets & Fuels follow-up