Electric Buses Spark Some Interest

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority introduced its first battery-electric bus to the public on Earth Day, Friday, April 22, 2022. The full-size, 40-foot vehicle will be followed by nine more later this year. The buses purchased have been approved for more than $3.8 million in funding from the New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program.

NFTA-Metro’s electric bus was unveiled at the Cold Spring Maintenance Garage, home to the NFTA’s state-of-the-art charging station built with the help of National Grid and the New York Power Authority. Key partners in this project, National Grid and the New York Power Authority provided direct support for the infrastructure concept design, construction, and testing. The Cold Spring Garage has been sized to charge up to 50 buses and can be scaled up to serve 100.

“This is the type of collaboration and partnership we need to achieve our environmental improvement goals,” said Kim Minkel, executive director, NFTA. “We are committed to delivering clean, reliable, transit service to Western New York. Working together, we are building a cleaner, greener future.”

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