New York: Electric bus chargers coming to MTA depots
New York State Governor Kathy Hochul has announced construction is progressing on 53 overhead electric bus chargers at Metropolitan Transportation Authority depots in Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and Brooklyn. The initiative, managed by NY Power Authority, includes constructing 67 dispensers to support the arrival of 60 new electric buses next year. The upgraded infrastructure will cut carbon emissions, combat climate change, and serve as a model for other bus operators.
The $54 million electrification project, led by NYPA, involves installing pantographs at various depots and specific charging lanes for electric buses. The plan is a significant step toward achieving a zero-emission bus fleet by 2040. The new infrastructure supports MTA’s plan to transition its entire 5,800-bus fleet to zero-emissions vehicles by 2040. Installations will be completed by mid-2024, aligning with New York’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and enhancing air quality in urban areas.