MTA's Expansion Of New Flyer XE60 Articulated Buses
New York City’s MTA announced on December 15, 2019, that it has deployed the first phase of its new all-electric articulated bus fleet. The now historic 2020–2024 Capital Plan includes $1.1 billion to acquire 500 new electric buses to serve all 5 boroughs. This first phase includes 15 buses. The first electric articulated bus recently took off on one of the city’s busiest crosstown routes – the 14th Street busway. New York pedestrians, travelers, and apartment dwellers will eventually find cleaner, fresher air for walking thanks to the zero-emissions buses. The agency’s plan to enhance and modernize the bus fleet with zero-emissions technology will deliver environmental benefits for all New Yorkers, and the city’s many visitors as well. MTA plans to acquire only electric buses beginning in 2029. At present, the MTA operates a fleet of 10 electric standard buses. The electric trial is a 3-year pilot program to test the all-electric technology. The MTA needs reliable durability of around-the-clock four-season usage.
The M60 route, which takes passengers from Laguardia Airport in Queens to Broadway and West 106th street via a long stretch on West 125th Street, will be the toughest challenge yet for the electric buses, MTA officials said. Distance on the route is 20 miles round-trip, and the electric batteries on the bus have a range between 50 to 90 miles depending on factors such as traffic, weather and passenger load. The MTA ordered 15 of the zero-emission buses in January, and deployed four of the vehicles on the M14 line in Lower Manhattan. The fifth bus to be delivered to the MTA will be deployed on the M60 line, transit officials said. Buses will be charged at the Michael J. Quill Bus Depot on West 41st Street and 11th Avenue, MTA officials said. The agency will have all electric-bus fleet by 2040.