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Miami-Dade Transit explores electric bus technology

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez tours electric bus currently being tested

MIAMI (October 08, 2015)

This week, Miami-Dade Transit has been testing a 40-foot electric bus as part of Miami-Dade County’s initiative to seek sustainable energy sources for its bus fleet and to support the community-wide sustainability plan known as GreenPrint.

New technologies, like this one, enable Miami-Dade County to continue to be a leader in energy, fuel and water efficiency.  Electric buses run very quietly and produce zero tailpipe emissions, which therefore contribute to reducing Green House Gas emission (GHG) from our transportation sector.

The bus, manufactured by BYD, uses an iron-phosphate battery that allows the bus to travel approximately 155 miles on a single charge.

“We are exploring different options that will produce more eco-friendly, high-performance and affordable alternative energy technology for our bus fleet,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.

The media is invited to accompany Mayor Gimenez as he tours the electric bus this Friday, October 9, 2015.

Take transit to the bus tour. The bus will be parked near the Water and Sewer Department building, which is steps away from the Douglas Road Metrorail station. Parking also is available at the station’s parking lot.

For general transit information, and the trip planner tool, the public can download the free Miami-Dade Transit Tracker app, or visit MDT's mobile services. Transit riders also can register to receive Rider Alerts by registering via the Miami-Dade County Rider Alerts. Likewise, transit information is available via Facebook and Twitter.

In addition, MDT’s home page provides complete schedule information, station maps, Corporate Discount Program information, and more. Transit users also can call 305-891-3131, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez
Tour of electric bus
October 09, 2015 — 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.
Outside of Water and Sewer Department building at 3071 SW 38th Ave., Miami, FL 33146