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Miami-Dade first fleet of electric buses draws nearer

Sep 24, 2019

Miami-Dade is close to ordering its first fleet of electric buses.


The Citizens’ Independent Transportation Trust, which manages the countywide “half-penny” transit tax, last week OK’d spending $72.2 million to buy up to 75 e-buses and charging systems for the county’s three bus maintenance depots.


Transportation Director Alice Bravo told Miami Today her department plans to order a comparatively conservative 33 buses for about $32 million – $898,000 per bus plus training, maintenance and equipment costs.


Some $4 million in federal funds and “possibly more [from] this year’s allocation” will help pay the cost, she said.


If county commissioners approve, the contract will go to Proterra Inc., a Burlington, CA-based electric bus maker staffed by several former Tesla employees, including CEO Ryan Popple.


Proterra has sold more than 700 e-buses to 90 cities across 41 states and Canadian provinces, including Tallahassee, New York, Dallas, Seattle, Chicago, Philadelphia, Honolulu and Washington, the firm’s website says.


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