Worcester Regional Transit: Electric Transit Bus Fleet
Governor Deval Patrick celebrated the launch of a new fully electric transit bus fleet at the Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA). The Governor also announced new investments in two programs designed to support alternative fuel vehicles and related infrastructure across Massachusetts.
"We are committed to using innovative strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, bolster our energy independence and grow our clean energy economy," said Governor Patrick. "The WRTA's new fleet is an example of how we are accelerating the adoption of cleaner vehicles throughout Massachusetts to reduce harmful pollutants and promote a more sustainable environment for future generations."
The WRTA purchased six Proterra plug-in, all-electric buses with more than $7 million in federal funds and matching state funds from MassDOT. These buses represent the largest fleet of Proterra all-electric buses in the nation.
"The new electric fleet further advances the Commonwealth's goals to provide our residents and visitors access to sustainable, healthy transportation," said MassDOT Secretary & CEO Richard A. Davey. "I would like to recognize Administrator Stephen O'Neil and applaud his efforts and vision to bring cleaner bus service to the transit users in the Worcester region."
Each bus eliminates 130 more tons of carbon dioxide per year than buses using diesel fuel. The fleet will also reduce petroleum fuel consumption, eliminate other harmful pollutants and lower operating costs by nearly $3 million over 12 years.
Governor Patrick also announced a new initiative, the Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles (MOREV) program, which will provide rebates of up to $2,500 for plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles (EVs). All residents of the Commonwealth are eligible to receive incentives on vehicles registered in Massachusetts; these incentives will be funded with $2 million in Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) auction proceeds.
Governor Patrick also awarded on Thursday nearly $600,000 in Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (MassEVIP) grants to 16 municipalities, two public universities and colleges, and one state agency for the acquisition of plug-in hybrid or battery-electric vehicles and the installation of Level 2 charging stations. This is the second round of grant awards through MassEVIP since its launch last year. For more information on the grant awards, go to: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/air/grants/massevip.html