Snohomish County leaders are preparing for a greener future, and Community Transit is no exception. Community Transit plans to strengthen its commitment to environmental sustainability by studying a move to zero-emissions buses and the infrastructure, systems, and employee training needed to support that technology. These activities align closely with state and county initiatives.
The first step in transitioning to a zero-emissions fleet is to look at the different technology options to decide what the best fit is for Community Transit. We recently began testing a 60-foot battery electric bus. Bus drivers and mechanics are getting a chance to “kick the tires” on this leased bus. The Community Transit Board of Directors also had a chance to check out the bus and hear more about the developing strategy behind the move to zero-emissions.
Moving to a zero emissions fleet would be a fundamental change and transform how we do business. There will need to be changes to our facilities, technology, operations, and training programs. It’s all part of a years-long approach to evaluating and developing a sustainable strategy that will benefit transit riders for generations to come.
Next year, two Community Transit-owned zero-emissions buses will hit the streets! It will be a whole new experience for riders and another step toward lowering carbon emissions and preserving the beautiful environment we call home.