RIPTA launches first electric bus in-line charging station in the Northeast Region

RIPTA launches first electric bus in-line charging station in the Northeast Region Image credit: RIPTA

Members of the State’s Congressional delegation, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), municipal leaders, Rhode Island Energy and the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) celebrated the completion of construction on Rhode Island’s first electric bus in-line charging station.

This cutting-edge charging station, located along the R-Line – RIPTA’s most frequently-used route connecting Providence, Cranston and Pawtucket – can charge up to four electric buses simultaneously while the buses are in service. The charging station, the first of its kind in the Northeast region, also features driver restrooms and various site enhancements, including an on-site snow-melt system. It is located on the Providence/Cranston city line at the southern terminus of the R-Line.

The charging station will power RIPTA’s first electric fleet – fourteen (14) New Flyer Xcelsior XE40 battery electric buses, all of which will exclusively serve the R-Line. The bright green buses, equipped with an energy storage system totaling 320 kWh, mark RIPTA’s commitment to cleaner and more sustainable public transportation.

The $7.6 million design-build project was led by BOND Civil & Utility Construction, Inc. of Medford, Massachusetts. The company worked closely with Rhode Island Energy to ensure that electrical power and a high-pressure gas line was available for this project. BOND also worked closely with GM2 and Fuss & O’Neill during the design phase of the project.

The Electric Bus In-Line Charging Station project is part of Rhode Island's Zero Emissions Fleet Transition. The project was funded by Volkswagen Settlement Funds and the Federal Transit Administration Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

This project was recognized as an engineering achievement by the ACEC-RI Engineering Excellence Awards program, which honors engineering projects that demonstrate a higher degree of merit and ingenuity. The GM2 Associates and Bond Civil-Utility Design Build team was awarded the 2024 1st Place Gold Anchor Award for the design and construction of the charging station.

Source: RIPTA