Coming Soon to TriMet: Electric Buses
Every day TriMet eliminates more than 200,000 car trips, and a TriMet rider’s per mile carbon footprint is 60 percent less than a car driver’s.
But that doesn’t mean we can’t do more. This Earth Day, we want to share our plans for a project that could be a major step towards making Portland an even more environmentally friendly place.
Soon, five battery-electric buses will run along Line 62 in Beaverton. These buses, which were paid for by a federal grant and funds from Portland General Electric, make up a real-world test of battery-electric bus technology that will helps us determine if we can roll out these zero emission, whisper-quiet buses across the TriMet system.
Want to know more about these buses, including the seriously cool technology powering them, our plans for the pilot program and when and where you can meet them in-person?
Visit our Electric Buses page.
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