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Metro Transit puts electric buses into service on new C-Line

June 08, 2019 10:12 PM

Metro Transit rolled out a dozens of fully-electric buses Saturday as part of the new C-Line that runs from Brooklyn Center to Minneapolis.

Officials unveiled the new buses earlier this year, promising they would hit the road this summer when the bus rapid transit system went into service in the West Metro.

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Saturday morning, officials cut the ribbon on the new line and the buses, calling the fleet the "future of transportation" in the Twin Cities.

Half of the buses on the C-Line are fully electric, according to Metro Transit officials. As part of the launch of the new service, the transit authority updates stops along the route by introducing new real-time information boards.

Riders who took part in the inaugural day say there is a different feel riding the electric bus. 

"It's a smoother takeoff than the rest of the buses, less jerky," said Jaz Volcane from Crystal. "I'd say it's very good."

Other riders commented on how often the buses ran.

"I just went to try it out," Emily Zmuda from Minneapolis said. "It's going to be faster for other people traveling, especially for me."

The buses are made in Minnesota by a company in St. Cloud, in partnership with Xcel Energy. Metro Transit said earlier this year it wants to put an additional 200 electric buses into service over the next 10 years.

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