MARTA is replacing six diesel buses like this one with zero-emission battery electric buses, thanks to a federal grant. (PHOTO: COURTESY OF MARTA)

MARTA goes green with new zero-emission electric buses

MARTA will replace six diesel buses with zero-emission battery electric models, thanks to a $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

By replacing the 2005 diesel buses, MARTA says it will save energy equivalent to nearly 250 years of gasoline for the average American car driver. It also will reduce MARTA’s emissions by 935 short tons of greenhouses gases. 

The new 40-foot buses are expected to be deployed by July 2021. They will run on Routes 2 (Ponce de Leon/East Lake) and 102 (Ponce de Leon/Little Five Points), which share a common western terminus at MARTA’s North Avenue station. 

The agency partnered with the nonprofit Center for Transportation and the Environment on the grant application.

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David Wickert
David Wickert
David Wickert writes about transportation issues for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He previously worked for newspapers in Washington state, Illinois...