Location: St. Louis, Missouri

Fleet Type: Electric Buses

 

Narrative

Groundbreaking Addition to the Fleet: Metro Transit in St. Louis has announced the exciting addition of fourteen 60-foot-long electric buses to its active fleet in a significant stride towards sustainable urban mobility. This initiative, set to revolutionize public transportation in the St. Louis region, marks a significant milestone in the city’s journey towards environmental responsibility and technological innovation.

Strategic Collaboration and Funding: Metro Transit’s collaboration with Minnesota-based New Flyer of America and the significant financial support from the Federal Transit Administration have made this pioneering project possible. Each bus, costing $1.33 million, represents a commitment to sustainable development, with 80% of the cost covered by federal grants. This strategic funding underscores the collective effort to advance green transit solutions.

Electrifying Public Transit: Metro Transit’s Leap into a Cleaner Future

Long-Term Vision for a Greener Fleet: Metro Transit has envisioned transitioning from diesel to electric battery-powered vehicles for over a decade. As articulated by Jessica Mefford-Miller, 

executive director of Metro Transit, this vision emphasizes the agency’s dedication to adopting cutting-edge, environmentally friendly technology.

Innovative Charging Infrastructure: In partnership with New Flyer and Burns & McDonnell, an engineering firm, Metro Transit is investing an additional $8.72 million to design and build state-of-the-art charging infrastructure. The completion of a new charging substation in Brentwood by Ameren and the compatibility of the stations with various electric buses highlight the forward-thinking approach to ensuring a versatile and efficient charging network.

Flexibility and Expansion: Metro Transit’s commitment to sustainable transit is further demonstrated by its order of four additional electric buses from manufacturer Gillig. The flexible charging infrastructure will facilitate the efficient expansion of the electric vehicle fleet, allowing for a seamless transition from older diesel-powered buses.

Economic and Environmental Benefits: Despite the significant initial investment, the long-term benefits of these electric buses are clear. Mefford-Miller points out that the life cycle cost of these electric buses is lower than that of their diesel counterparts. Additionally, electric buses offer the dual advantage of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and tailpipe emissions, contributing to a cleaner, healthier urban environment.

Public Engagement and Future Outlook: As these electric buses begin road testing in the fall, the St. Louis community will glimpse the future of public transportation. Full deployment of these zero-emission buses is eagerly anticipated in early 2021, marking a new era for regional commuters.

Outputs and Outcomes

Flexibility and Expansion: Metro Transit’s commitment to sustainable transit is further demonstrated by its order of four additional electric buses from manufacturer Gillig. The flexible charging infrastructure will facilitate the efficient expansion of the electric vehicle fleet, allowing for a seamless transition from older diesel-powered buses.

Economic and Environmental Benefits: Despite the significant initial investment, the long-term benefits of these electric buses are clear. Mefford-Miller points out that the life cycle cost of these electric buses is lower than that of their diesel counterparts. Additionally, electric buses offer the dual advantage of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and tailpipe emissions, contributing to a cleaner, healthier urban environment.

Public Engagement and Future Outlook: As these electric buses begin road testing in the fall, the St. Louis community will glimpse the future of public transportation. Full deployment of these zero-emission buses is eagerly anticipated in early 2021, marking a new era for regional commuters.

Best Practices & Lessons Learned

Metro Transit’s introduction of electric buses is a bold statement of St. Louis’s commitment to sustainable urban development. This initiative not only sets a precedent for environmentally conscious public transport but also reflects a broader commitment to improving the quality of life in the city. As these electric buses roll out, they symbolize a cleaner, greener, and more efficient future for St. Louis’s public transportation system.

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