Jan. 8, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez
The B32 line, running between Long Island City and Williamsburg, is one of several routes that will see electric buses as part of a state-run pilot program.
The MTA will roll out a total of 10 all-electric buses to be tested on select bus routes as part of a three-year pilot program. The program aims to reduce emissions and introduce modern amenities to its bus fleet, such as USB ports and WiFi capability.
Proterra, one of two selected vendors by the MTA, will provide a total of five electric buses to go on several bus routes, some which will operate through the B32 line. These buses will charge over night or mid-day at the Grand Avenue Depot in Maspeth. “En route” charging stations will also be located at Williamsburg Bridge Plaza in Brooklyn.
New Flyer, the second vendor, will also provide five electric buses to be used through Manhattan-running routes.
The announcement was made today by the MTA and Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“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 in a statement. “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.”
The B32 line crosses through Long Island City, Greenpoint, and Williamsburg, with terminal points at 44th Drive and 21st Street near the Court Square train station and Williamsburg Plaza. The route has a total of 21 stops in either direction.
The three-year pilot comes after a four-year study by the MTA on electric buses used globally. The program will ultimately provide the MTA with a blueprint toward selecting the best electric buses to work in New York City.