Bus Highlights MTA Move Toward a Zero-Emission Fleet and Spotlights Job Opportunities at Authority
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has provided an electric bus for display at the 2022 New York International Auto Show’s electric vehicle pavilion at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center through April 24. The bus, a zero-emission New Flyer XD60 model operated by MTA New York City Transit, showcases the MTA’s commitment to sustainability and pledge to transition to a zero-emission bus fleet by 2040. MTA supervisors are available to speak to auto show participants about the benefits of hybrid bus technology. It is also generating visibility to promote the MTA as an employer of choice. MTA recruiters from multiple agencies are available to discuss MTA career opportunities.
“I am thrilled to see the hundreds of thousands of attendees at the New York International Auto show witness firsthand the MTA’s commitment to operating a fully zero-emissions bus fleet by 2040,” said New York City Transit Interim President Craig Cipriano. “I welcome any opportunity to highlight the $1.1 billion in funding as part of the 2020-2024 MTA Capital Plan for 500 electric buses, and the charging infrastructure at up to eight depots to support these buses. As we continue to work with state and local government, the private sector, and utility companies to produce the technology and infrastructure needed for an all zero-emissions fleet, I am encouraged by the enthusiasm our electric bus has generated amongst attendees, and I look forward to having more electric buses on New York City’s streets in the coming years.”
“Working at the MTA is an opportunity to be at the cutting-edge of public transit while being part of the team that moves the greatest city in the world,” said MTA Chief Administrative Officer Lisette Camilo. “There are currently good-paying jobs available throughout the MTA, and we are thrilled that our new fleet of zero-emissions buses can help recruit the next generation of the MTA workforce.”
The MTA currently has 15 all-electric buses in its fleet. The MTA removes 17 million metric tons of carbon emissions from the air per year by providing public transit services as an alternative to personal vehicle use, and a zero-emission bus fleet will further reduce New Yorkers’ carbon footprint. Zero-emission propulsion technology also results in quieter operations in addition to the benefits of zero tail-pipe emissions, which make it ideal for operating vehicles in densely populated areas such as New York City. All-electric buses use an electric motor powered by a battery pack, and their propulsion systems recapture energy normally wasted in braking. Articulated buses, which are higher-capacity 60-foot-long buses used on Select Bus Service as well as on higher ridership routes, are ideal for electrification when used in densely populated urban areas where carbon emissions and traffic noise are public concerns.