GoTriangle approves contract for two electric buses

Jan. 30, 2019
Proterra will supply the 40-foot electric buses, which could be operating on GoTriangle's network by September.

September could bring two new additions to GoTriangle's bus fleet following the Board of Trustees approval of a contract for two electric buses. 

“We couldn’t be more pleased to make the service we provide even better by introducing more environmentally friendly electric bus technology into the GoTriangle fleet,” says Jeff Mann, president and CEO of GoTriangle. “Numerous residents have asked us to look into buying alternative-fuel buses as our transit network continues to grow, and this vote allows us to be responsive to that desire.”

The buses will be supplied by Proterra, which will manufacture the two 40-foot electric buses at its South Carolina facility and deliver the vehicles as early as September.  

GoTriangle notes that electric buses can carry an initial cost that comes in between $300,000 to $450,000 more than a diesel bus when charging stations and other equipment are included, but operating costs over their lifespans are $250,000 to $400,000 less than a diesel bus and electric buses produce no tailpipe emissions.

The purchase costs of the two buses will be offset by a $943,000 grant awarded to GoTriangle this summer through the federal government’s Low- or No-Emission Grant program. The federal Low or No Emission Competitive Grant Program provides money so state and local governmental authorities can buy or lease zero-emission and low-emission transit buses. The money also can go toward acquiring, building or leasing supporting facilities.

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Mischa Wanek-Libman serves as editor in chief of Mass Transit magazine. She is responsible for developing and maintaining the magazine’s editorial direction and is based in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Wanek-Libman has spent more than 20 years covering transportation issues including construction projects and engineering challenges for various commuter railroads and transit agencies. She has been recognized for editorial excellence through her individual work, as well as for collaborative content. 

She is an active member of the American Public Transportation Association's Marketing and Communications Committee and serves as a Board Observer on the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) Board of Directors.  

She is a graduate of Drake University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a major in magazine journalism and a minor in business management.