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MBTA Opens Third BRT Line DDOT Welcomes Battery-


oston's Massachusetts Bay Trans-
portation Authority (MBTA)
expanded its regional BRT service
with the April 21 launch of Silver Line
3-Chelsea, a four-mile route that runs
between suburban Chelsea, MA, and
South Station in Boston.
"We are very excited to offer this
convenient, direct service for customers
in Chelsea and East Boston," said MBTA
General Manager/Chief Executive Offi-
cer Luis Ramirez. "This is the first new

Riders board MBTA's Silver Line 3-Chelsea BRT on
opening day.

MBTA service since 2007, serving people
who have waited for a one-seat ride
between their neighborhood and major
destinations in Boston and giving riders
the service they deserve."
Ramirez explained that Silver Line
3-Chelsea allows a more direct connec-
tion between Chelsea and East Boston
and South Station, the seaport area and
Logan International Airport; the fare is
the same as a standard subway ride and
includes free connections to the MBTA
Red Line at South Station and the Blue
Line at Airport Station.
The line begins with four new
stations in Chelsea and connects
to five existing MBTA stations in
Boston. The end-to-end trip takes
about 27 minutes, operating for more
than half of its length in exclusive
bus lanes and tunnels. Buses operate
every 10 minutes during peak periods,
every 12-15 minutes off-peak and on

VIA Dedicates Largest CNG
Fueling Station in North America

2025. VIA's contract with Nova Bus calls
for the delivery of 425 vehicles over a
five-year period.
"The CNG fueling station services a
new generation of VIA buses and high-
lights our role as an industry leader to
drive innovation that improves air qual-
ity throughout the region," said VIA
President and Chief Executive Officer
Jeffrey C. Arndt. "Through strategic
and community partnerships, VIA's
efforts to ensure a more mobile future
include benchmarks for efficiency, sub-
stantial fuel savings and infrastructure
improvements that come with building
a modern transportation system for our
VIA's CNG program is part of a
multi-year, community-driven plan to
build a better bus system while signifi-
cantly reducing vehicle emissions,
decreasing operating costs and
planning service enhancements.
Once complete, the transformed
fleet will bring a 97 percent reduc-
tion of nitrogen oxide emissions
and further support the agency's
commitment to environmental
stewardship. The agency estimates
the annual fuel cost savings at
$8.5 million and the maintenance
A CNG bus undergoes fueling at VIA Metropolitan Transit's savings, over a five-year period, at
fueling station.
$2 million.

recently dedicated the largest CNG fuel-
ing station in North America, 10,980
square feet, located on its campus in San
VIA held the event to commemorate
its first full year of CNG bus service and
raise awareness of Ozone Action Season
in San Antonio.
The 10-lane station, designed and
built by Trillium CNG, entered opera-
tion in 2017 to support the first of VIA's
new CNG-powered fleet that debuted
in observance of Earth Day and, since it
began operation, it has saved the agency
more than $1 million in fuel costs.
The agency has replaced more than
half of its diesel revenue fleet with
40-foot CNG buses from Nova Bus and
expects to complete the conversion by

Nashville Voters Defeat Plan
defeated a comprehensive $5.4 billion
public transit plan, "Let's Move Nash-
ville," on May 1, with about 64 percent
opposing the measure.
The proposal would have provided
for 26 miles of light rail on five lines,
19 transit centers throughout the city,
four new BRT lines, four new cross-
town bus routes and a 1.8-mile down-
town transit tunnel, along with other
improvements. Funding would have
come from increases in the city's sales,
hotel-motel, business and excise, and

car rental taxes.
"We are dedicated to do our part,
within our means, to offer an increas-
ingly dependable mode of transporta-
tion for all those living in, working in
and visiting Nashville," said Nashville
Metropolitan Transit Agency Chief
Executive Officer Steve Bland. "We have
a number of projects already in the
works to make using transit in Nashville
smarter, simpler and better, and we are
committed to building the best system
we can with the resources made avail-
able through Metro funding."

Electric Circulator Buses


he District of Columbia DOT
the District Department of Transporta-
(DDOT) unveiled 14 new battery-
tion, Washington Metropolitan Area
electric circulator buses from
Transit Authority and DC Sustainable
Proterra at a recent Earth Week event
Transportation [a nonprofit organiza-
attended by Washington, DC, Mayor
tion created to oversee the streetcar and
Muriel Bowser.
other public transit efforts] to democ-
The new buses, comprising the larg-
ratize zero-emission transportation
est electric bus fleet in the DC region
throughout DC and continue to raise
and one of the largest such fleets nation-
the bar for its local and national sustain-
wide, entered service May 1 on all six
ability partners."
circulator routes.
The battery-electric buses, manu-
"A growing city needs growing trans-
factured in the U.S., provide quiet,
portation options. These new electric
zero-emission transportation with
buses will provide residents and visi-
100 percent battery-electric propul-
tors with one more sustainable, reliable
sion. Other amenities include public
and affordable way to get around the
Wi-Fi, a pedestrian safety alert system
District," Bowser said during the Down-
and an infotainment system-a digital
town Business Improvement District's
display providing riders with commute
Annual State of Downtown Forum.
"With this greener, more
modern fleet of buses, we
are building a safer and
more sustainable DC."
Proterra Chief Execu-
tive Officer Ryan Popple
said, "As one of the most
vibrant and visited cities
in the nation, Washington,
DC, is the perfect place
to introduce technology
that not only dramatically
reduces emissions, but also From left, Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser, DC Councilmember
fundamentally improves
Jack Evans and DDOT Director Jeff Marootian ride on one of the DC
the rider experience. We
Circulator's new battery-electric buses prior to the May 1 launch of
are proud to partner with

$2.6 Billion in State Funds
For California Transit Projects
portation Agency (CalSTA) has announced
more than $2.6 billion in grants for
28 recipients through its Transit and
Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP)
for transformative transit and rail proj-
ects, along with additional funding for
seven critical projects through multi-
year funding agreements that will bring
the total to more than $4.3 billion.
TIRCP funding is provided through
Senate Bill 1 (SB1) and from the pro-
ceeds of the state's Cap and Trade
program. The program provides major
benefits towards meeting the State's cli-
mate and air quality goals, with a total
reduction of more than 32 million tons
of greenhouse gas emissions.
"The projects selected for this round
of TIRCP grants make great strides in
helping California transform the state
transportation system," said CalSTA Sec-
retary Brian Annis. "This investment of
SB1 revenue and Cap and Trade dollars
will help us reduce harmful emissions,
expand mobility options and create jobs
The largest grants include:
n $300 million to Los Angeles Metro
for capital improvements including
the Gold Line Light Rail Extension
to Montclair, East San Fernando
Valley Transit Corridor, West Santa
Ana Light Rail Transit Corridor,
Green Line Light Rail Extension to
Torrance and Orange/Red Line to
Gold Line BRT Connector (North

Hollywood to Pasadena);
n $238.4 million to the Santa Clara

Valley Transportation Authority
(VTA), San Jose, for VTA's BART
Silicon Valley Extension, Phase II,
extending San Francisco Bay Area
Rapid Transit District (BART) into
downtown San Jose and out to
Santa Clara, increasing connectivity
to Caltrain commuter rail, Amtrak
and public transit services at San
Jose Diridon Station;
n Two grants to the Los Angeles-
San Diego-San Luis Obispo Rail
Corridor (LOSSAN Corridor),
$148 million for investments to
increase Amtrak Pacific Surfliner
and Metrolink commuter rail ser-
vice and $40 million to improve
on-time performance and rail cor-
ridor capacity for Pacific Surfliner
and North County Transit District
Coaster commuter trains;
n $144.5 million to BART for the
Transbay Corridor Core Capac-
ity Program, including 272 new
rail vehicles and completion of a
communication-based train control
system; and
n $123.2 million to the Peninsula
Corridor Joint Powers Board, San
Carlos, to support all-electric pas-
senger Caltrain service and increase
ridership capacity with electric
multiple unit railcars.
The complete list of grant recipients
is at

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