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All-Electric Buses With WiFi, USB Ports, To Be Tested on LIC to Williamsburg B32 Line

An electric bus prototype selected for the pilot (NY State)

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.

A Proterra charging port (MTA)

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.

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I used to bring my son to school in Greenpoint every morning. The roads are brutal during rush hour especially with all the construction going on. Cement trucks everywhere double parked. That route will be extremely slow. The G Train is much faster.


Wow. Not sure you understand what they’re trying to do with trolly. They’re trying to get a dedicated lane for it. Which would then make it faster then the bus service and would also link 16 miles vs the B32 along the the entire Brooklyn / Queens waterfront.


While a pretty good idea, the wi-fi and usb ports may create some shifting of people problems on crowded buses. We don’t need more fighting on Public Transit. It is way too crowded.


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