CTtransit buses will go all-electric within a year
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — As gasoline prices hit record highs across the country, Connecticut continues to push to go electric. The state is working to replace its nearly all-diesel CTtransit bus fleet with all-electric buses. It’s called Connecticut Electric Bus Initiative.
On Friday, US Senator Chris Murphy and members of the Connecticut Department of Transportation gathered to announce an $11.4 million federal grant for the project. This funding will bring 22 new electric buses to Connecticut over the next 18 months.
“It’s emissions from transportation that contribute the most to climate change. And part of our commitment as a state to tackle the problem of climate change is to replace diesel buses, polluting buses,” said the US Senator Chris Murphy, (D) Connecticut. .
Currently, out of 800 buses across the state, only eight are electric and serve the Greater New Haven area. Within 12 to 15 years, they hope to have electric buses in all CTtransit divisions, including Waterbury, Stamford, Hartford and New Haven.
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“These buses are quieter, they have great acceleration, they’re cleaner, so if you’re in a neighborhood or community where these buses run on your roads, you’ll have cleaner air,” said Rich Andreski, CTDOT Public Head of the transport office.
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The good news for cyclists is that going electric won’t cost them more. Andreski said ticket prices will not increase. Despite this, the true cost of the cost of electricity is high…amounting to nearly a million dollars.
“Although there is a premium to buy them, the total cost of ownership is cheaper,” Andreski said.
Andreski said electric buses are faster, they don’t require oil changes and the overall life of the vehicle is more efficient.
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“We can change all that! It is in our power to decide not to have an economy dependent on oil produced in Russia. And right behind me is how we do it,” Senator Murphy said.
All of this comes at a time when relying on gas is becoming more expensive.
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