Metro is aiming to switch to an entirely electric bus fleet by 2045.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Board’s executive committee gave preliminary approval for a plan for the agency to operate only electric buses by 2045 at a meeting Thursday. WMATA’s plan proposes a transition to purchasing hybrid-electric or compressed natural gas buses in the coming years before switching to electric-only buses starting in 2030.
Metro is estimating the plan will cost $900 million to a billion dollars, DCist reported.
The agency currently operates 1,600 buses in over 10 garages—with only one electric so far—and plans to purchase 100 new buses each year, DCist reported.