Florida’s Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) announced the purchase of 60 electric buses.
The agency has yet to name all four manufacturers they will be buying from. However, pictures accompanying the official press release see an electric bus built by Gillig. The company on Facebook further claims it will deliver 24 of 60 e-buses before the year’s end.
PSTA confirmed, the initial order was worth 80 million dollars but expects each electric bus to save about $20,000 a year in diesel fuel costs.
As of today, the agency has six electric buses in operation and expects the 60 new units to enter service soon. The order is part of a five-year plan running through 2024. In the long term, PSTA targets a “fully green fleet by 2050,” so the CEO Brad Miller. He also stressed the decision was helped by the Biden administration signing into law “the largest investment public transit has realised in US history.”
The federal infrastructure package includes a trillion-dollar budget of which $7.5Bn were reserved for zero-emission buses.
The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority provides public transportation for Pinellas County and manages a bus system that encompasses over 40 bus routes.