Chicago Transit Authority Orders 22 Proterra Electric Buses

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has exercised a contract option to purchase an additional 22 Proterra electric buses.

This order will nearly double the size of CTA’s electric bus fleet as part of its Charging Forward Plan to transition to an all-electric fleet by 2040.

CTA Electric bus
Electric buses already operate on #66 Chicago, connecting the Austin neighbourhood to the near West Side and Navy Pier

The option is valued at 26.2 million USD and forms part of a contract signed with Proterra in 2018.

Under the original contract, Proterra delivered a base order of 23 40-foot electric buses to CTA. In addition, the agency was one of the first in the US to order two electric buses in 2014.

To increase its fleet to 47 all-electric vehicles, the newly ordered vehicles will be delivered to CTA from the start of 2025.

CTA President Dorval R. Carter, Jr. said:

“Expanding our electric bus fleet will allow us to extend the benefits of all-electric buses to even more vulnerable communities on the South and West sides of Chicago, which are adversely impacted by higher rates of harmful pollutants. We look forward to rolling out these new vehicles in the near future, which will not only help reduce harmful emissions in communities but also provide our riders with a more reliable and quieter transit experience.”

This latest purchase will use funding from a federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant, as well as funds from the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA).

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