The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has announced plans to redevelop the Jamaica Bus Depot in Queens, New York to enable a zero-emissions fleet of up to 60 electric buses.

The MTA currently operates 15 all-electric buses and plans to purchase another 500 electric buses as part of the MTA 2020-2024 Capital Program. The programme includes 1.1 billion USD in funding which will also enable bus depots to be fitted with the required charging infrastructure to accommodate the growing fleet of electric buses.

Jamaica bus depot
MTA Acting Chair & CEO Janno Lieber, Interim NYCT President Craig Cipriano, and Acting SVP of NYCT Buses Frank Annicaro were joined at the Jamaica Depot by State Senator Leroy Comrie, Assembly Member Alicia Hyndman, and City Council Member Daneek Miller to announce a new all-electric bus facility

This project is a significant step towards fulfilling the MTA’s commitment of deploying a zero-emissions bus fleet by 2040.

MTA Acting Chair and CEO, Janno Lieber said:

This is exactly the kind of investment New York needs to build back better at this critical moment and it solidifies the MTA’s status as the transit agency most dedicated to protecting the environment. We are serious about zero-emissions buses and our 2040 goal. We all know buses need to move faster, and we’re working closely with the City to improve service by adding new bus lanes and busways, installing cameras to keep private cars out of these lanes and implementing transit signal priority. Buses are the true engines of equity in this city.

The all-electric 40ft New Flyer Xcelsior Charge has a range of up to 251 miles, and will provide smoother, quieter rides for MTA passengers. In addition to being quieter, the propulsion technology powered by the electric bus battery pack does not produce exhaust emissions.

Electric buses at the Jamaica Depot
Electric buses at the Jamaica Depot

Before construction can commence on the Jamaica Bus Depot, a design-build contract must be awarded, details of which are expected to be confirmed by the end of 2022.

New York City Transit Interim President, Craig Cipriano said:

The MTA is committed to operating an environmentally sustainable bus network that will help protect our city from the harmful effects of fossil fuels while harnessing the latest technologies for cleaner and more energy efficient buses. This milestone at the Jamaica Bus Depot is just one small but significant step in the fight to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for the communities we serve.


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