PVTA electric bus goes into operation in UMass Amherst
AMHERST, Massachusetts (WWLP) – A new all-electric bus from PVTA will start operating in UMass Amherst in December.
According to a press release from UMass to 22News, PVTA’s 40-foot New Flyer XE bus is operated by UMass Transit and charged in the UMass Transit garage. It goes about 230 miles. Funds from the Volkswagen court settlement were used to purchase the electric bus, valued at $ 919,721.
“This is the first delivery of the next generation of buses that UMass and the Five Colleges will service,” said Glenn Barrington, transportation manager at UMass Transit. “We’ll get one from PVTA this year and two in 2022.”
PVTA replaced four buses for UMass, one of them the new electric bus, and will receive two more fully electric buses next year. The new electric bus was delivered to the campus last week.
“The move to alternative fuels shows PVTA’s commitment to reducing our carbon footprint and improving air quality in the Pioneer Valley region,” said Sandra Sheehan, administrator of PVTA. “This new bus expands our entire alternative fuel fleet to 15 buses across the Pioneer Valley.”