The MTA currently operates 15 all-electric buses and plans to purchase another 500 electric buses as part of the MTA 2020-2024 Capital Plan, which includes $1.1 billion in funding. - Marc A. Hermann/MTA

The MTA currently operates 15 all-electric buses and plans to purchase another 500 electric buses as part of the MTA 2020-2024 Capital Plan, which includes $1.1 billion in funding.

Marc A. Hermann/MTA

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) Jamaica Bus Depot in Queens will be redeveloped to fully support an all zero-emissions fleet of up to 60 electric buses upon opening in summer 2026. A construction contract for the depot is expected to be appointed by the end of 2022.  

The MTA currently operates 15 all-electric buses and plans to purchase another 500 electric buses as part of the MTA 2020-2024 Capital Plan, which includes $1.1 billion in funding. That funding will also go toward modifying up to eight bus depots with the required charging infrastructure to accommodate the additional electric buses. 

The commencement of this project is a significant step toward fulfilling the MTA’s commitment made in April 2018 of deploying a zero-emissions bus fleet by 2040 and an important milestone toward completely modernizing the agency’s bus fleet. The reconstructed bus depot will hold approximately 300 buses, with 60 charging stations supporting 60 electric buses at depot opening.

"This is exactly the kind of investment New York needs to build back better at this critical moment and it solidifies the MTA’s status as the transit agency most dedicated to protecting the environment," said MTA Acting Chair and CEO Janno Lieber. "We are serious about zero-emissions buses and our 2040 goal. We all know buses need to move faster, and we’re working closely with the City to improve service by adding new bus lanes and busways, installing cameras to keep private cars out of these lanes and implementing transit signal priority. Buses are the true engines of equity in this city."

To deliver the Jamaica Bus Depot, a few steps must take place before construction can begin including: 

  • A design-build contract to be awarded in December 2022.
  • Agreement with New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) on the primary bus depot entrance. 
  • Agreement with the City University of New York (CUNY) over placement of the temporary parking lot at York College.
  • Additional environmental assessment to address the location of temporary bus parking and the closing of Tuskegee Airman Way.
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