Capital Transit takes delivery of Alaska's first battery electric bus for transit use

Dec. 23, 2020
The Proterra-made bus arrived by barge and is the first of several the transit system expects to arrive as it replaces its aging diesel buses.

Capital Transit’s first electric bus from Proterra arrived in Juneau by barge on Dec. 16. The City and Borough of Juneau expects it’ll be ready for the public to ride in February. This will be the first public transit electric bus owned by a transit agency in the state of Alaska.

In the meantime, the electric bus will be at Capital Transit’s maintenance facility. Proterra will activate the bus charger, and provide training to Capital Transit operators and mechanics in January. This is one of several electric buses Juneau will receive in the coming few years.

Original funding came from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration (FTA) through the Low- or No-Emission (Low-No) Grant Program. The City and Borough of Juneau was awarded a $5 million grant in June through the program, which provides funding for state and local governmental authorities to purchase or lease zero-emission and low-emission transit buses. Funding was passed through the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities.