Battery-electric buses will be added to Houston METRO's fleet as the authority moves forward with the purchase of 20 full-size electric buses and 10 paratransit vans. The buses will operate on the 402 Bellaire Quickline and the 28 OST/ Wayside routes. The vans, meanwhile, will be used for METROLift and Community Connector services.
The introduction of the electric buses and vehicles is part of a larger Climate Action Plan that is currently being developed. The proposed plan has a series of environmentally sustainable initiatives including a zero-emissions vehicle program. METRO will also explore the use of vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cell technology.
"We are thrilled to be developing these sustainability initiatives at METRO. This is about the agency moving forward and taking action to build a more environmentally friendly service for our workforce and community," said METRO President & CEO Tom Lambert.
The project also has an equity and access focus with the initial routes serving three of the communities in the city of Houston’s Complete Communities program. These communities are disproportionately affected by carbon emissions.
METRO has applied for federal grants to fund the $25 million dollar purchase of the buses and supporting infrastructure. The procurement process will begin next to select a vendor.