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MARTA piloting electric bus technology

Posted on March 20, 2017

MARTA’s GM/CEO Keith Parker.
MARTA’s GM/CEO Keith Parker.
Residents in Fulton and DeKalb counties will soon see a new electric bus added to various routes. The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) is going green with a pilot program debuting Proterra’s Catalyst electric bus.

The 40-foot Catalyst is on loan to MARTA for the next 30 days as the Authority explores cleaner transportation options. MARTA’s GM/CEO Keith Parker led a tour of the new electric bus on March 17.

“We can’t take a ‘one size fits all’ approach to providing services to our customers,” said Parker. “Whether we are utilizing a shorter 30-foot bus for various circulator routes or a higher-capacity double-decker bus for our most traveled routes, it’s about identifying the best option for addressing our customers’ needs.”

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Currently, MARTA’s bus fleet is inclusive of diesel, hybrid and compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles. “MARTA continues to consider options to diversify our fleet by testing a range of alternative fuel innovations to greatly reduce our overall carbon footprint while enhancing the safety and comfort of our passengers,” Parker said.

The Catalyst, which fully recharges in less than 10 minutes, holds up to 40 seated passengers and can travel more than three hours on a single charge. MARTA Operations has outfitted the test routes with periodic rapid charging stations.


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