Metro Transit wins DOT grant for electric buses
Published by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
Metro Transit is the recipient of the grant, which will be used to support a small fleet of fully electric buses. Eight of the 14 buses operating on the C Line bus rapid transit route are all-electric models powered by rechargeable batteries, and the transit service is exploring options for adding more.
“This came as a nice surprise for us,” Metro Transit spokesperson Howie Padillasaid of the grant.
The DOT grant is earmarked for the design and construction of two new charging stations at a bus garage planned for a vacant lot north of Metro Transit’s North Loop headquarters building, Padilla said. The funds will also go toward a rooftop solar array and battery-storage system at the maintenance facility.
The garage is expected to go into service by 2022.
The all-electric C Line buses are 60-foot articulated Xcelsior models manufactured by St. Cloud-based New Flyer of America, Inc. They can travel up to 150 miles on a full charge.
Overhead charging stations placed along the C Line route keep the fully electric buses running. Metro Transit also operates 6 hybrid diesel buses on the C Line, which opened in June and substantially replaced Route 19 service between downtown Minneapolis and the Brooklyn Center Transit Center.