ART Unveils New All-Electric Bus Rapid Transit System
The first of 20 electric buses purchased by the city have been delivered to Albuquerque. In July 2016, the city announced the selection of Build Your Dreams bus company to design and supply the buses for the Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) route.
“The selection of electric buses make the ART project an even more sustainable project for Albuquerque’s future,” said Mayor Richard Berry in a press release.
The nation’s first 60-foot articulated battery-electric transit buses are designed to provide an eco-friendly, high efficiency, long-lasting bus with increased reliability and simplified maintenance. The buses will also provide about a 50 percent savings on monthly fuel and maintenance costs.
Cost savings are only one facet of the benefits of electric buses. Selecting electric buses also improves the health quality for Albuquerque residents.
Exhaust from diesel buses includes pollutants and emissions of carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides, whereas electric buses provide clean energy, which reduces Albuquerque’s carbon footprint. Through the use of electric buses over their 15 year operational lifetime, it’s estimated that the city will reduce its carbon footprint by more than 21,780 metric tons while also saving taxpayers $9.8 million in operational savings.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, this carbon offset is the equivalent to removing 4,601 passenger vehicles off the road for one year, recycling 6,912 tons of waste instead of being landfilled, or removing 2,300 homes’ energy use for one year.
The cost of the 20 buses is $22.9 million utilizing FTA funding. ART is currently 65 percent completed with the opening expected at the end of the year.