Broome County Travels Toward Electric Transit Bus Fleet
Broome County is rolling out more public transportation that will be kinder to Mother Earth.
County officials June 6 announced it is heading toward a fully electric BC Transit bus system by 2029 or 2030, displaying a new, all-electric bus at the BC Transit facility on Mill Street in Vestal.
Broome County Commissioner of Public Transportation Greg Kilmer and County Executive Jason Garnar made the announcement of the addition of a half dozen electric buses with investment coming to support a fully-electric fleet over the next several years.
Part of that investment will be in establishing charging stations at a cost of $1.2 million.
The County says it expects to take delivery of the NovaBus vehicles in the next 12 to 15 weeks. The buses can go around 200 miles on a single charge according to company officials. The vehicles use technology developed and manufactured by BAE Systems in Endicott.
Funding from the program is coming from a federal grant.
In June of 2021, BroomeTransit announced it had secured a $3.25 million federal grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation Low and No Emission Vehicle Grant Program, to add a half dozen electric buses to its fleet, with components produced by BAE Systems.
The County bus service has operated over a dozen BAE hybrid drive buses for the past year with the goal of moving toward a totally electric, zero-emission fleet.