Following a kickoff event, the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County will send a zero-emission Proterra Catalyst® FC into revenue service for 90 days on December 4
HOUSTON, Texas, November 29, 2016 – Proterra, the leading innovator in heavy-duty electric transportation, today announced that the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) will deploy a 40-foot Proterra Catalyst® FC for 90 days beginning on December 4, demonstrating the wide-ranging benefits that zero-emission, battery-electric transit technology can bring to the region’s communities. To launch this new deployment, Proterra and METRO, dedicated to providing a multimodal environment for transit customers throughout the region, will debut the new bus at a kickoff event 11:30 a.m. today at METRO Downtown Transit Center, 1900 Main St., Houston.
Based in Houston, the “Energy Capital of the World,” METRO is the region’s largest public transit provider, offering safe, reliable and affordable transportation services about 370,000 times per day to a total ridership of 100 million annually.
“At METRO, we are committed to providing an integrated system of innovative, accessible and efficient public transportation services to our customers throughout Harris County,” said Thomas Lambert, president and CEO, METRO. “We’re excited to introduce our riders to electric transportation through this 90-day demonstration.”
With 312 zero-emission buses sold to 35 different municipal, university, and commercial customers across the country, Proterra continues to solidify its status as the premier North American provider of battery-electric, emission-free mass transit vehicles. With Dallas Area Rapid Transit, San Antonio VIA, Port Arthur Transit among Texas agencies already on the Proterra customer roster, communities across the state are embracing the economic, performance and sustainability benefits of Proterra’s zero tailpipe emission buses.
“As a central hub for energy innovation, the Houston metropolitan area is a perfect location for Texans to experience the benefits of our state-of-the-art buses,” said Ryan Popple, CEO of Proterra. “We’re pleased to work with Houston on this demonstration project, and look forward to continue helping Texas communities transition to a sustainable transportation future.”
About The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County:
The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) is the region’s largest public transit provider, offering safe, reliable and affordable transportation services about 370,000 times per day. Besides operating more than 1,200 buses on METRO’s Transportation Network, METRO Rail’s expanded system includes the Red Line (Main Street and Northline), Green Line (East End) and Purple Line (Southeast). METRO’s services also include: STAR Vanpool, METROLift, HOV lanes, HOT lanes, Bikes-on-Buses/Trains program, Park & Ride, and road improvement projects. Learn more about METRO services at ridemetro.org where you will also find information about our T.R.I.P. app, Next Bus Arrival texting.
Proterra is a leader in the design and manufacture of zero-emission vehicles that enable bus fleet operators to significantly reduce operating costs while delivering clean, quiet transportation to the community. Proterra has sold more than 312 vehicles to 35 different transit agencies throughout North America. Proterra’s configurable EV platform, battery and charging options make its buses well-suited for a wide range of transit and campus routes. With unmatched durability and energy efficiency based on rigorous U.S. certification testing, Proterra products are proudly designed, engineered and manufactured in America, with offices in Silicon Valley, South Carolina and Southern California. For more information visit: http://www.proterra.com/ and follow us on Twitter @Proterra_Inc.
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