Free EV Bus Rides for All during the 2016 DNC

July 19, 2016

As the nation converges on Philadelphia for the historic 2016 Democratic National Convention (DNC), the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), Proterra and PECO will demonstrate their shared commitment to sustainable transit by providing test rides on an American-made electric bus, the Proterra Catalyst. On Thursday, July 28 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., SEPTA, along with PECO and Proterra, invite riders, residents, delegates and visitors to SEPTA headquarters at 1234 Market Street to tour and ride SEPTA's soon-to-be-deployed battery-electric bus.

In April 2016, SEPTA was awarded a $2.6 million grant for electric buses under the FTA "LONO" program. This grant covered the incremental cost of purchasing 25 Proterra Catalyst buses. These vehicles will soon be put to the test serving, Routes 29 and 79 in South Philadelphia, and this initiative will make SEPTA the first large urban agency in the Northeast U.S. to pilot battery-electric technology. In conjunction with over 700 hybrid buses these electric buses will help make SEPTA's bus fleet one of the most sustainable in the country. To find out more about SEPTA's sustainable fleet, visit the Environmental section of the Sustainability website.

In addition to the tour and demonstration, SEPTA will debut a new lobby exhibit showcasing the evolution of SEPTA's bus fleet over the years.