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Grounded Podcast: Excelsior! TriMet Rolls Electric

THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY’S LATEST GROUNDED PODCAST EPISODE FEATURES TRIMET, THE METRO AREA’S PUBLIC TRANSIT AGENCY.

TriMet has been helping Oregonians on the move for 50 years – and they’re on the leading edge of sustainability in transportation. Public Information Officer Tia York told ODOE all about the agency’s latest electric bus pilot, mini wind turbines, and more.

Learn more about TriMet’s green transportation initiatives.


 
 

Photos courtesy of TriMet.

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Lane Transit District Tests Electric Buses
Photo: LTD

Photo: LTD

Lane Transit District is now testing three electric buses in the Eugene area — with two more on the way!

LTD reports that the first two electric buses started running in February and April, traveling a total of 4,100 miles. All five buses should be integrated in to the fleet by this fall.

The first two test buses saved 949 gallons of diesel fuel, and greatly reduced harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

The Register-Guard recently highlighted LTD’s switch to e-buses. You can also read about them on LTD’s website.

TriMet Unveils First All-Electric Bus in Portland

TriMet’s first all-electric public bus will officially enter full-time service this week!

It’s a New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE bus (coolest name ever), and has been driving in test runs for the past few weeks. The electric bus will run on TriMet’s Line 62, between the Sunset Transit Center in Beaverton and Washington Square Mall.

TriMet has purchased a total of five electric Xcelsior CHARGE buses, with help from a federal grant and support from Portland General Electric. Even better — the buses will be charged using electricity produced from renewable wind power.

This exciting milestone is part of TriMet’s goal to convert its entire diesel-powered fleet to electric, zero emission vehicles by 2040. Read more in The Oregonian.