Metro is building a zero-emission fleet
King County is taking action to confront climate change, and Metro is playing a major role by reducing transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions. Metro was a national leader in adopting diesel-electric hybrid buses, and recently deployed a new fleet of zero-emission electric trolley buses.
Now we’re taking the next step: transitioning to a zero-emission vehicle fleet powered by renewable energy.
This commitment is based on a successful test of three battery-electric buses and an in-depth feasibility analysis.
Assuming that battery bus technology evolves to meet our transit system’s needs, Metro will purchase only zero-emission buses starting in 2020. The transition to a zero-emission fleet could be completed as early as 2034, or by 2040 at the latest.
Zero-emission fleet media/news releases:
|October 2017||Have you seen me? New extended range Proterra electric battery bus in test mode in King County—Metro Matters blog post|
|October 2017||Seattle Times op-ed: With some all-electric buses, Metro Transit rides into the future—shared by KC social media|
|March 2017||Zero-emission fleet feasibility report|
|January 2017||Commitment to purchase 120 battery buses|
|February 2016||Launch of battery bus test|
|August 2015||Launch of new electric trolleys, battery bus preview|
|August 2014||Federal grant to test battery buses|
Metro’s Zero-emission Battery Bus Showcase
Metro hosted this educational event on Sept, 26, 2017 for transit agencies considering use of battery buses. Below are links to Showcase resources:
- Showcase wrap-up (PDF)
- Presentation videos:
- Showcase overview – 0:59
- Dow Constantine, King County Executive – 4:02
- Harold Taniguchi, Director, King County Dept. of Transportation – 2:20
- Pete Melin, Director of Zero-Emissions Fleet, King County Metro – 14:46
- Danny Ilioiu, R&D Director, New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority – 13:40
- Expert panel (battery bus technology, infrastructure, planning, procurement, and power) – 37:56
- Rob Gannon, Metro Transit General Manager – 6:13