The Los Angeles Count Metropolitan Transportation Authority has received its first zero emission electric bus to be deployed on the Metro Orange Line later this year.
The 60-foot articulated bus, manufactured by New Flyer, is the first of 40 electric buses from New Flyer that will be arriving over the next year.
The Orange Line will be the first line to receive these electric buses with a total of 40 buses to be delivered to the agency and deployed on the Orange Line by the fall of 2020.
The electric buses cost $1.15 million each in a contract valued at $80,003,282. This contract includes the deployment of the electric buses and associated charging infrastructure. The new buses will be capable of being recharged at various points along the Orange Line to support its 24/7 operation.
The Metro Board in 2017 unanimously adopted a motion endorsing a comprehensive plan to transition the agency to a 100 percent zero-emission bus fleet by 2030. Metro is the largest American transportation agency to endorse such a goal.