ST. LOUIS, MO — St. Louis is prepared to add fourteen electric buses to one of the busiest traveled routes in the city.
According to reports from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the $18.6 million purchase is already set to be approved by Metro Transit on Friday. Importantly, the buy would also reaffirm the commitment made by the St. Louis-area transit agency regarding electric vehicles.
Apart from this, the new buses will take the place of diesel fueled vehicles by the end of the year. Furthermore, the electric buses will comprise the entire fleet, except for the occasional use of diesel backups when needed. It should be noted that the 14 electric buses will run along Metro’s 70 Grand line. In addition to this, the Grand line is the most heavily traveled route in the St. Louis area. In fact, there are approximately 7,000 passengers boarding a day.
Moreover, representatives from Metro say that even though electric buses are more expensive to purchase, the maintenance and fuel costs are much lower than standard diesel buses. Therefore, in the end, the new buses will save the city money over the course of their 15 years of service.
Additionally, federal grants will assist in covering the cost of the new buses.