Spinning our Wheels

Spinning our Wheels is a commuting blog about the challenges of getting around Atlanta by car, bus, MARTA, bicycles and on foot written by transportation reporter David Wickert

MARTA goes green with electric bus for St. Patrick's Day

MARTA will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this morning by unveiling a new electric bus.

The 40-foot Proterra Catalyst battery-electric bus is on loan to the agency as it explores cleaner transportation options. MARTA’s current fleet includes diesel, hybrid and compressed natural gas vehicles.

The Catalyst holds up to 40 seated passengers and can travel more than three hours on a single charge. It can fully recharge in about 10 minutes. MARTA has outfitted test routes with rapid charging stations.

“MARTA continues to consider options to diversify our fleet by testing a range of alternative fuel innovations to greatly reduce our overall carbon footprint while enhancing the safety and comfort of our passengers,” MARTA CEO Keith Parker said in a prepared statement.

The agency will unveil the electric bus at its headquarters at 10 a.m.

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David Wickert covers transportation issues for the Enterprise team. He joined the AJC in 2010 and has also covered local government in Gwinnett and Fulton counties.