WMATA launches first 60-foot electric buses, ten more to begin arriving in 2024

WMATA launches first 60-foot electric buses, ten more to begin arriving in 2024 Image credit: WMATA

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has launched two 60-foot electric buses on the W4 route from Anacostia to Deanwood. Metro has already placed orders for ten more electric buses, with deliveries expected to begin in 2024. 

The New Flyer Xcelsior buses have zero tailpipe emissions, are quieter, and offer customer amenities including digital passenger information screens, USB charging ports, and new fare boxes.

Maintenance and operations staff can remotely monitor the buses' performance and battery charge levels. The buses charge at the Shepherd Parkway Bus Division and feature regenerative braking to extend battery life. 

WMATA has set goal to launch an entirely zero-emission bus fleet by 2042. About 40% of the 1,600-bus fleet are hybrid-electric buses.

Source: WMATA