Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from daily operations is a priority for WTA. Transpo Group and STV, Inc. have been hired to help plan for transitioning the vehicle fleet. A Zero Emission Bus (ZEB) Transition Plan will be developed. The Plan will serve as a guidebook over the next 10-15 years as WTA phases out the fossil fuel powered fleet and transition to zero emissions vehicles. It is anticipated that the zero-emission technology of choice will be battery electric buses because hydrogen fuel cell buses and associated hydrogen fueling infrastructure will likely have a much higher cost. The Transition Plan is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2022.
Key tasks for preparing the Transition Plan are:
Understand the available zero emissions vehicle technologies and expected technology advancements the next 5-10 years
Analyze the feasibility of transitioning WTA's entire fleet (fixed route, dial-a-ride, and non-revenue vehicles) to zero-emission technologies
Determine capital needs to transition to a zero-emission technology including vehicles, infrastructure, and operating costs
Evaluate expected greenhouse gas emissions to be saved by transitioning to a zero emissions fleet
Develop a fleet transition plan summarizing timing for vehicle replacements