Topeka Metro looking to “electrify” Topeka

TOPEKA, Kansas, (October 20, 2017) — Proterra, electric bus manufacturer, is bringing the future of transportation to Topeka Metro, on Tuesday, October 24th.  The bus will run on Route #21 from 6:45 a.m. & 7:45 a.m. Following this, the bus will be staged at Quincy Street Station from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Topeka Metro invites the community to ride the battery electric Proterra Catalyst bus. Topeka Metro currently has 26 clean diesel buses and the electric vehicles are being considered as an addition to Topeka Metro’s fleet.

“The transit industry is at a very exciting place with new technologies benefitting our passengers and community,” said Susan Duffy, Topeka Metro General Manager.  “We have invited Proterra to showcase their product on the streets of Topeka.  Electric buses reduce our carbon footprint and the fuel they run on would be clean, green energy.  Because these buses run off a charged battery and not an engine, they are quiet, almost stealth,” said Duffy.

Proterra Catalyst battery-electric vehicles have the greatest range of any zero-emission, battery-electric bus in its class, and have provided over 2.5 million miles of service in the U.S.