Five all-electric buses to be added to BT fleet

Blacksburg Transit will add five all electric buses and fast charging stations to its existing fleet in the next two years. Funding for the 6.9 million dollar project was provided by the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation and Virginia and Department of Environmental Quality and other federal and local sources. The DEQ funds are part of the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust (VW Trust) that the state received as part of its settlement. The new all electric buses will replace five older conventional diesel beginning in fall of 2021.

BT Director Tom Fox said, “As transportation providers we’re always looking for innovative and effective ways to help improve the quality of life in our community. These five electric buses and fast charging stations will help us reduce our carbon footprint while at the same time reduce our operational costs and dependence on fossil fuels.”

Over the last three years ridership has increased by 30 percent. This fiscal year marks yet another ridership record as the system will reach approximately 4.6 million trips.

For more information, please contact Ken Tucker at ktucker@blacksburg.gov or 540-443-1591.

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