CAMDEN, NJ– New Jersey Transit has issued an RFP to make 8 electrical buses offered to Camden City commuters later on this year, the business revealed Friday.
“These new electrical buses … represent just one element of our general strategy to transition to a 100% zero-emissions bus fleet consistent with Governor [Phil] Murphy's Energy Master Plan,” said NJ Transit President & & CEO Kevin Corbett.
The announcement comes 5 months after NJ Transit authorized a $3.23 million upgrade to a Camden garage.
The vehicles, part of a zero-emissions bus program, were referenced by Murphy today while discussing how to make transport greener in the state.
Camden's deployment will also be part of an NJ Transit research study to determine how these vehicles operate in a “real-world setting.”
“In addition to a brand-new Northern Bus Garage that will be built with the needed charging facilities to support a fleet of as much as 500 buses, NJ Transit will play a substantial role in improving the air quality for a number of the neighborhoods in our service area who disproportionately bear the problem of the continuous impacts of environment modification,” continued Corbett.
Earlier today, Murphy likewise joined Mayor Frank Moran to announce that the Walter Rand Transportation Center would get a much-needed $250 million remodellingafter over three years.
Murphy in January signed brand-new legislation with a few of the following criteria:
- By Dec. 31, 2024: a minimum of 10 percent of new bus purchases will be no emissions buses
- By Dec. 31, 2026: a minimum of 50 percent of new bus purchases will be zero emissions buses
- By Dec. 31, 2032: 100 percent of new bus purchases will be absolutely no emissions buses.
Scalfo Electric will handle the Newton Avenue garage task, which also consists of lorry charging stations. It is on schedule to open this summer season.
“The transition to zero-emissions automobiles advances NJ Transit's goal outlined in the 10-year Strategic Plan to ‘Promote a More Sustainable Future for Our Planet,'” the business stated in a statement.