Atlanta, GA, March 18, 2017 – The Post Reports – MARTA announced Friday that they will be participating in a 30-day pilot program debuting Proterra’s Catalyst electric bus on some routes in Fulton and DeKalb counties. The 40-foot Catalyst is on loan to MARTA and part of an exploration initiative to find cleaner transportation options. Currently MARTA’s bus fleet includes diesel, hybrid and compressed natural gas vehicles.
“We can’t take a ‘one size fits all’ approach to providing services to our customers,” said MARTA’s General Manager/CEO Keith Parker in a release. “Whether we are utilizing a shorter 30-foot bus for various circulator routes or a higher-capacity double-decker bus for our most traveled routes, it’s about identifying the best option for addressing our customers’ needs.”
The Catalyst, which holds up to 40 seated passengers and can travel more than three hours on a single charge is, designed to recharge fully in less than 10 minutes, according to the release.
“As a central hub for the region, the Atlanta metropolitan area is a perfect location for residents and visitors to experience the benefits of our American-made, state-of-the-art electric buses,” said Proterra’s Regional Director of Sales Mike Hennessy in the release. “We’re pleased to work with MARTA on this demonstration project, and look forward to continue helping the Atlanta community transition to a sustainable transportation future.”
More than 30 transit systems across the U.S. are using Proterra’s Catalyst electric busses.
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