by Tiana May
15 Dec 2021
Federal approval has been given on METRO’s proposed Purple line, a 15-mile bus rapid transit line serving communities in Twin Cities, Minnesota.
The Purple Line will operate using electric buses in dedicated transit lanes to provide a frequent, fast, and reliable service. The route aims to increase accessibility to jobs, housing, and services, such as the Children’s Specialty Healthcare hospitals in Saint Paul, St. John’s Hospital in Maplewood, and the Maplewood Mall. The service will also connect to Saint Paul’s central business district and downtown White Bear Lake.
“The Metropolitan Council is proud to prioritise this East Metro investment. With our local government partners, including Ramsey County, we look forward to seeing the significant economic, social, and environmental benefit the Purple Line will bring to our region.”
Seven new dedicated guideway bridges will be constructed along the route, as well as three new park-and-ride facilities. In October 2021, these new infrastructure plans passed an environmental assessment and received a Finding of No Significant Impact during the final stage of the environmental review process.
The new line will also include 21 lit and heated stations with level boarding, off-board fare collection, and real-time bus schedule information. Station area planning is taking place to ensure safe and direct station access.
The project has an estimated capital cost of 445 million USD, with 218 million USD being sought from New Starts, a federal transit grant programme. The current timeline plans for construction to begin in 2024. Upon completion, the bus rapid transit line would start operations in 2026.
San Diego's Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) has received the green light to launch a fully-electric service on the Iris Rapid BRT route.
The FTA has granted 65.6 million USD to CapMetro to help establish bus rapid transit (BRT) services in Austin, Texas.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s (DART) first long range electric bus has begun regular revenue service on Route 20.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) has commenced construction on an electric bus facility at its Bladensburg Garage.
VIA Transit has debuted eight 40-foot GILLIG electric buses to provide more sustainable public transport options in San Antonio, Texas.
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has ordered 10 hydrogen fuel cell electric buses, from NFI.
Greyhound and FlixBus have now fully integrated their technology and booking services to provide an extended intercity bus network.
LA Metro has announced updated plans to implement bus priority lanes along Florence Avenue in Los Angeles.
New York's MTA has revealed positive results from six months of data evaluating the Bronx Local Bus Network Redesign.
The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) has exercised options to purchase 24 additional Xcelsior CNG transit buses.
Sonoma County in Northern California has purchased ten battery-electric Proterra transit buses to replace ten compressed natural gas vehicles.
The FTA has announced nearly 1.7 billion USD in funding to help modernise US transit fleets with low- and no-emission buses.
The City of Annapolis, Maryland has purchased two BYD battery-electric K7M buses to start electrifying its fleet.
Washington Metro has broken ground on a new Northern Bus Garage that will be home to a 100% zero-emission bus fleet.
The Anaheim Transportation Network (ATN) has doubled its electric vehicle charging capacity using two shipping containers from BP Pulse.
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) has launched a RFP for the development of a new transit centre in Downtown Providence.
NFI's subsidiary, New Flyer of America will deliver 14 battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE NG buses to Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA).
NFI subsidiary, New Flyer has been awarded a contract in Madison, Wisconsin to supply Metro Transit 46 electric Xcelsior CHARGE NG buses.
In Austin, Texas, CapMetro has exercised options to purchase 30 Heliox 180 kWh depot overhead chargers from NFI Infrastructure Solutions.
NFI has received a contract to supply 15 Xcelsior CHARGE NG and 54 clean-diesel Xcelsior buses to Pittsburgh Regional Transit (PRT).
NFI Group's subsidiary, Motor Coach Industries has delivered its first battery-electric J4500 coaches in North America.
GILLIG's 40-foot battery electric bus has received the highest-ever score for safety and reliability in the FTA Bus Test Program in Altoona.
The CDOT and the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) have completed work to improve and make permanent the Chicago Avenue bus lanes.
The Los Angeles Metro Board has approved a 180-million USD plan to implement a BRT network in the North San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor.
Houston METRO has contracted Perrone Robotics to provide its autonomous vehicle (AV) kit for the 'METRO Shuttle Bus of the Future'.
The Los Angeles Metro has announced that they will work with LADOT to implement three bus priority projects this month.
Metro Transit has celebrated the completion of its fifth bus rapid transit (BRT) service, with the opening of the D line in Minnesota.
The MTA has released a draft plan for the Brooklyn Bus Network Redesign to create a modern bus network that meets local transport demands.
Ahead of the 2026 World Cup and the 2028 Summer Olympics, Los Angeles is upgrading 3,000 bus shelters to high-tech mobility hubs.
NFI has received firm orders to supply 41 buses to the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System, with options to supply an additional 432 units.
MARTA Board of Directors has updated the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) for State Route 54 in Clayton County to bus rapid transit (BRT).
BYD has delivered its third K9MD battery-electric bus to the San Francisco Muni Transit Association (SFMTA).
The MTA has accepted a grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to deploy two hydrogen buses.
The NYC Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) has commenced work on new bus-priority lanes along Northern Boulevard in Queens, New York.
WeGo Public Transit has celebrated the groundbreaking of the North Nashville Transit Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council has awarded Cincinnati Metro 13.4m USD for electric buses and to modernise its Bond Hill facility.
Milwaukee County Transit System has unveiled the first electric bus that will operate on its new MCTS CONNECT Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route.
Ohio State University will establish and operate a new testing centre for zero and and low-exhaust-emission public transport buses.
New York's MTA has selected The Mobility House to deploy its smart charging and energy management solution, ChargePilot, for NYCT buses.
NJ TRANSIT and NJTPA are advancing progress on 7 projects that will improve bus services in New Jersey with 43.6 million USD in funding.
GILLIG has announced that 45 transit agencies across the US are investing recent federal awards in its clean-energy buses.
BYD has sold a further 3 electric buses to Columbia, Missouri, which has a population of 125,000 and is home to the University of Missouri.
SFMTA has awarded the predevelopment agreement (PDA) for the Potrero Yard Modernization Project to Potrero Neighborhood Collective (PNC).
MCDOT has opened the Brookville Smart Energy Depot, marking the completion of the largest solar bus charging project in the US.
Nova Bus has been awarded a contract to supply five LFSe+ 40-foot long-range battery electric buses to the New York State MTA.
The East Burnside Rose Lane project will improve speed and reliability for bus services on TriMet lines 12, 19, and 20 in Portland, Oregon.
Nuvve, Blue Bird and the Ramona Unified School District in San Diego County have unveiled eight electric V2G-enabled school buses.
A new project will use bidirectional electric bus charging to support a vehicle-to-building (V2B) resilience hub in Oakland.
Napa Valley Transportation Authority (NVTA) has unveiled its new fleet of BYD electric buses to serve passengers in wine country, California.
Pierce Transit has celebrated the groundbreaking of its Spanaway Transit Center, which will improve connections to Tacoma, Washington State.
NJ TRANSIT has unveiled its first battery electric bus, which will operate from the the Newton Avenue Bus Garage in Camden, New Jersey.
IndyGo has cut the ribbon on its first Super Stop, which will bring enhanced comfort and faster transit times for bus riders in Indianapolis.
NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner, Ydanis Rodriguez has cut the ribbon on new bus lanes along 21st Street in western Queens.
First Transit will operate the WRTA's autonomous shuttle bus pilot in partnership with Perrone Robotics and GreenPower Motor Company.
Electrifying bus fleets requires significant investment in the necessary charging infrastructure and electricity supply to power them.
Cincinnati Metro has launched a study to determine future bus rapid transit (BRT) corridors that will form a regional BRT network.
NFI has unveiled its zero-emission, electric high-floor commuter coach – the D45 CRT CHARGE – through its subsidiary, Motor Coach Industries.
SolTrans and Momentum Dynamics are celebrating Solano County’s first battery-electric highway bus and wireless inductive charger.
The US Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration has announced 6.5 million USD in funding for bus automation projects.
Santa Clara Valley VTA has signed an agreement to procure a fleet of GILLIG buses equipped with Allison eGen Flex electric hybrid propulsion.
To support its transition to operating a zero-emissions fleet by 2035, King County Metro is upgrading its bus facilities in Washington County.
Lightning eMotors has announced a second generation repower programme to convert 40-foot transit buses to battery-electric power.
Nova Bus has announced that its LFSe+ electric bus has successfully completed the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) Bus Testing Program.
Letenda has received its first order of electric buses in the US with a contract for 4 Electrip buses for Vermont.
NFI has unveiled its latest hydrogen fuel cell-electric Xcelsior CHARGE FC transit bus, which will be distributed by its New Flyer subsidiary.
Proterra and El Dorado National (ENC) are collaborating to power ENC’s electric transit buses with Proterra’s battery technology.
Highland Electric Fleets coordinated a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) project that allowed idle electric school buses to support electricity demand.
The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) has deployed four battery-electric vehicles to support its all-electric bus services.
SoCalGas has commenced construction on a system that generates hydrogen from RNG at SunLine Transit Agency in Thousand Palms, California.
The North County Transit District (NCTD) has ordered six battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE NG transit buses from NFI.
San Mateo County Transit (SamTrans) has ordered 10 battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE NG forty-foot heavy-duty transit buses from NFI.
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced 1.66 billion USD in grants to increase the number of zero-emission buses on US roads.
The Parking Spot has unveiled its first 100% electric shuttle bus, which will serve passengers travelling to and from LAX.
Mid-Del Schools has partnered with Lumin-Air and Midwest Bus Sales to equip their school buses with MERV-13 equivalent filtration and UV-C.
IndyGo has officially launched the Lumin-Air state-of-the-art UV-C light air filtration system on its entire fleet of buses in service.
Swiftly introduce a new set of features that simplify how agencies source, aggregate, and analyse NTD-related datasets.
New York's MTA has awarded a contract to Hayden AI to install 300 interior mounted Automated Bus Lane Enforcement (ABLE) camera systems.
PANYNJ has announced the selection of an architectural joint-venture to redevelop Midtown Bus Terminal, the world's busiest bus terminal.
All of Second Mesa Day School’s school buses have been equipped with MERV-13 equivalent filtration and UV-C technology from Lumin-Air.
TriMet will launch its FX 2-Division line on 18 September to offer efficient bus services between Downtown Portland and Gresham in Oregon.
Flix SE has launched Flix North America to oversee operations for both Greyhound and FlixBus across North America.
PSTA has announced that its new SunRunner Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service will open in the Tampa Bay region on 21 October 2022.
ENC is currently delivering 30 E-Z Rider II hybrid-electric buses to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA).
EMBARK Transit, the FTA and the City of Oklahoma have celebrated the groundbreaking for the region's first bus rapid transit system.
The Seattle Department of Transportation is constructing bus-only lanes to improve reliability some of Seattle's busiest routes.
Forsee Power, expert in smart battery systems, will establish its North American headquarters and gigafactory in Hilliard, Ohio.
New York City Mayor and the MTA have announced a new collaboration to improve bus services in New York City.
La Porte Community School Corporation (LPCSC) has partnered with Lumin-Air to install MERV-13 equivalent filters and UV-C in the district’s school buses.
NFI has announced that Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) has ordered 95 Xcelsior forty-foot heavy-duty transit buses.
SamTrans has purchased 20 battery-electric buses and 10 hydrogen-fuel cell buses to provide zero-emission transport in San Mateo County.
The Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) has deployed its first four electric buses after a launch ceremony on 23 May 2022.
In a strategic partnership, Switchio and Enghouse Transportation, have secured a contract to bring contactless EMV payments to public transit in California.
Greater Portland METRO and BSOOB Transit have added four battery-electric Proterra ZX5 buses to their fleets in Southern Maine.
Twin Transit has ordered two additional WAVE wireless chargers to support its electric bus operations in Centralia and Chehalis, Washington.
NFI is delivering battery-electric buses to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, New York’s CDTA, and California’s Santa Barbara MTD.
The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) has contracted NFI to supply the agency's first seven zero-emission electric buses.
The San Diego Metropolitan System (MTS) has celebrated the start of construction on an overhead electric bus charging system in South Bay.
COTA has ordered eight more NFI battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE NG forty-foot heavy-duty transit buses and charging infrastructure in Ohio.
TriMet’s Board of Directors has approved resolutions to initiate TriMet’s first bulk purchase of battery-electric buses in Portland, Oregon.
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