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PSTA Rolls Out Four New Electric Buses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 1, 2021

PSTA Rolls Out Four New Electric Buses
About half of the agency’s fleet now electric or hybrid

 

St. Petersburg, FL – About half of Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority’s fleet is now electric or hybrid with the unveiling of four new electric buses today (click here for media kit). The additions reflect the agency’s ongoing commitment to clean energy and sustainability in all aspects of its efforts to serve the community with quality, efficient public transportation.

“Our electric buses now will be running in all parts of Pinellas County,” Brad Miller, Chief Executive Officer of PSTA said. “We are committed to sustainable choices that are environmentally responsible and financially stable. Our electric bus program will contribute to improved air quality for Pinellas County residents, and it will reduce the costs of operating our fleet.’’

With the new buses, PSTA now has a total of six electric buses that are battery powered and produce no emissions. The agency also has 88 hybrid buses. That means about half of its buses are now diesel powered.

Electric buses cost less to run than diesel, are easier to maintain, and each one saves 135 tons of carbon emissions per year that the diesel bus it replaces produced. PSTA hopes to eliminate all diesel buses from its fleet within the next decade.

“Pinellas County leads the state with the largest fleet of hybrid buses and it’s this type of attention to sustainability and innovation that is literally driving PSTA and our great county forward,” added PSTA Board Chair and Pinellas County Commission Chair Pat Gerard.

Each electric bus is powered by a rechargeable, environmentally friendly battery and averages 180 miles or about 14 hours of operating time on a single charge. PSTA will save about $20,000 a year in diesel fuel costs with each electric bus, or $240,000 over 12 years.

This latest investment in electric buses reflects PSTA’s commitment to viewing every project and service through a sustainability lens. It also demonstrates how the agency keeps its focus on its triple bottom line: People, place and price.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:
Stephanie Rank, PSTA Public Relations Coordinator
O: (727) 540-1853 | C: (727) 249-6542
SRank@psta.net 

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PSTA: The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is the public transit provider for Pinellas County, providing more than 12.1 million rides per year. PSTA operates 40 bus and trolley routes with a fleet of 210 vehicles.