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Metro Transit: Electric buses removed from service while issues resolved

Metro Transit: Electric buses removed from service while issues resolved Photo: KSTP

Updated: October 09, 2019 06:16 PM

Metro Transit said Wednesday that eight electric buses, which were rolled out earlier this summer, have been removed from service as work to resolve issues between the buses and charging stations at Heywood Garage continues.

In a post on its website, Metro Transit said the buses were removed from service earlier this month, and diesel buses are being used on the C Line in the meantime so customers don't experience any service impacts.

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"While disappointing, this setback does not diminish Metro Transit's plans to continue purchasing electric buses in the future as funding allows," the post said.

Metro Transit's proposed 2020-2025 capital spending plan calls for eight 40-foot electric buses to be purchased for use on local routes beginning next year or in 2021. Metro Transit said the cost of an electric bus, including charging infrastructure, is currently about twice the cost of a diesel bus.

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