Governor Andrew M. Cuomo plans to reduce emissions and modernize the Metropolitan Transport Authority (MTA) bus fleet with new clean energy vehicles. Thus, the MTA has ordered 110 new CNG buses to operate across the Bronx and Brooklyn between now and the first quarter of 2019.
These buses will be the first natural gas 60-foot articulated buses, and will refresh a portion of the existing fleet of 781, 40-foot buses, taking the oldest buses out of service and adding capacity. CNG buses are cleaner burning and have lower particulate emissions than diesel buses.
Cuomo’s plan also includes a three-year pilot program for 10 all-electric buses, with intentions to order an additional 60 buses. “As we overhaul and reimagine the MTA, we have an opportunity to not only modernize our bus fleet but to also reduce emissions that impact the environment and public health,” Governor Cuomo said.
“This new program helps the MTA secure a cleaner and greener future while leveraging the latest in innovative advancements to push New York’s transit systems into the future,” he added.
Source: Government of New York