Prince George’s County is Awarded Funding to Purchase New Electric Buses

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For immediate release:
October 13, 2020 

For more information, contact:

Paulette L. Jones

Public Information Officer

Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation

Office: (301) 883-5600 Cell: (240) 712-0298


Prince George’s County is Awarded Funding to Purchase New Electric Buses

Largo, MD – Prince George’s County is excited to purchase eight state-of-the-art Proterra battery-electric buses for the County’s fixed-route transit service, “TheBus”, which will be fully funded by the Maryland Department of the Environment’s Volkswagen Mitigation Plan Grant. The total amount awarded to the Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T) was $2.22 million.

The new zero emissions electric vehicles will help reduce nitrogen oxide emissions, while furthering the Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation’s vision to reimagine public transportation through innovation. In addition to lessening the carbon footprint, these buses provide a cost-effective alternative to diesel vehicles and have a 120-mile capacity between charges.

“We are Prince George’s Proud to continue expanding the number of electric buses in our County’s bus fleet, showing our commitment to quality transportation and innovation,” said Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks. “Integrating even more electric vehicles into our fleet will improve the quality of life for Prince Georgians and help move our County toward the goal of achieving a more sustainable future.”

The new buses will be added to DPW&T’s growing fleet of recently purchased electric vehicles. Prior to receiving this latest grant, DPW&T was awarded the Low or No Emissions (Low-No) Program Grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The Low-No Grant allowed the agency to purchase four Proterra battery-electric buses and three charging stations.

These new electric buses are set to be delivered starting in mid-2021, with the first four arriving in June 2021.  They will serve routes with shorter distances such as the Greenbelt, New Carrollton, National Harbor, Upper Marlboro and Landover communities.

Investing in alternative fuel solutions by replacing conventional fuel buses with clean energy vehicles is part of the Department’s commitment to deliver efficient and safe service throughout the County, while doing its part to protect the environment.