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New Metro Electric Bus Starts Rolling This Weekend

The transit agency is giving the bus a 90-day tryout

  • Officials check out Metro's new electric bus at the Downtown Transit Center on November, 29th 2016.    (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter)
    Officials check out Metro's new electric bus at the Downtown Transit Center on November, 29th 2016. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter)
  • The new Metro electric bus will start running on Fondren route the weekend of December 3rd, 2016. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter)
    The new Metro electric bus will start running on Fondren route the weekend of December 3rd, 2016. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter)
  • The new Metro electric bus, showed on November 29th, 2016,  has zero emissions. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter)
    The new Metro electric bus, showed on November 29th, 2016, has zero emissions. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter)

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Starting this Sunday, riders on Metro's #63 Fondren route will see something new. The transit agency is trying out an all-electric bus.

The bus is manufactured by Proterra, a California-based company that produces zero-emission vehicles. Metro says it will test the bus for 90 days to see if it would work here in Houston. As for why they chose the Fondren route, Metro CEO Tom Lambert says that's so they can charge the bus at the nearby Missouri City Park and Ride. He adds they will actively seek rider feedback during the testing period.

Metro's fleet currently has over 1,200 buses. Some run on clean diesel, others are hybrids, and there's a few that run on compressed natural gas.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

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From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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