ABQ now the first in the nation to have an all-electric bus rapid transit system
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Mayor Richard J. Berry revealed the first electric bus the City has purchased to operate along the Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) route. In July 2016, the City announced the selection of Build Your Dreams (BYD) bus company to design and supply the buses for ART. Now, the first bus out of 20 has been delivered to Albuquerque in preparation for the project to be completed by the end of the year.
“The selection of electric buses make the ART project an even more sustainable project for Albuquerque’s future,” said Mayor Richard Berry. “Careful deliberation has gone into the selection process, and it was found that these buses are the best fit with the most dynamic benefits for the City of Albuquerque and the ART project. ART will not only have a lasting positive impact on improving transit options in Albuquerque, but with the selection of electric buses, it will also increase environmental efficiency and cost savings.”
America’s first 60-foot articulated battery-electric transit buses will provide an eco-friendly, high efficiency, long-lasting bus with increased reliability and simplified maintenance. These top of the line buses will also provide about a 50% savings on monthly fuel and maintenance costs.
Cost savings are only one facet of the benefits of electric buses. Selecting electric buses also improves the health quality for Albuquerque residents. Exhaust from diesel buses includes pollutants and emissions of carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides, whereas electric buses provide clean energy, which reduces City’s carbon footprint. Through the use of electric buses over their 15 year operational lifetime, it is estimated that the City will reduce the its carbon footprint by more than 21,780 metric tons while also saving taxpayers $9.8 million in operational savings. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, this carbon offset is the equivalent to removing 4,601 passenger vehicles off the road for one year, recycling 6,912 tons of waste instead of it being landfilled, or removing 2,300 homes’ energy use for one year.
The cost of the 20 buses is $22.9 million utilizing FTA funding.
The Albuquerque Rapid Transit is currently 65% completed with the opening expected at the end of the year. For more information on the project and bus design, visit brtabq.com or call the ART hotline at 505-398-4ART (4278).