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CTA Welcomes Electric Buses from New Flyer

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) recently unveiled the first two all-electric powered buses to be added to its fleet. The vehicles from New Flyer, equipped with a propulsion system built by Siemens and operating with lithium-ion batteries, replace 14-year-old CTA buses and are part of the agency’s commitment to modernize its entire bus fleet.

“We continually pursue the latest technology and innovation to improve service to CTA customers and reduce the agency’s costs,” said CTA President Forrest Claypool. “These buses are our latest effort to go ‘green,’ in addition to increasing the number of hybrid buses in our fleet, replacing old lighting with energy-efficient LED lighting, and recycling employee refuse and vehicle materials such as oil, antifreeze, and batteries.”

Since 2012, CTA has added 300 new buses to replace older vehicles and overhauled more than 1,000 buses that are seven to eight years old to extend their lifespans. About 15 percent of CTA’s buses have hybrid diesel-electric engines, and the buses being overhauled will be more fuel-efficient and emit fewer harmful emissions than when they were new.

The electric buses are the same size as CTA’s standard 40-foot buses and will have all of the same features, including a similar seat layout to existing CTA buses, a low floor, ramp accessible design, a camera surveillance system, and an automatic voice announcement system.

CTA's first two all-electric buses.

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