Racine Mayor Cory Mason was unable to participate in person because he was in quarantine after learning Monday that he had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Instead, he delivered welcoming remarks via a video hookup from his home.
Following the ribbon-cutting, visitors were invited to hop aboard the new buses for a brief demonstration trip.
The new buses replace nine, older diesel-powered models. In addition to dramatically reducing air pollution, the buses are expected to save about 60,000 gallons of diesel fuel annually, said Transit Director Trevor Jung.
Racine Transit purchased the vehicles, manufactured by Proterra, with a $6.19 million Volkswagen Transit Capital Assistance Program grant and a $3.18 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Authority Low or No Emission Program.
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For now, at least, RYDE Racine has the distinction of operating Wisconsin’s largest fleet of battery-electric buses. Metro Transit – Madison’s public transportation system – is adding its own battery-electric buses over the coming year.