December 16, 2020
Juneau’s first electric bus arrived today.
Capital Transit’s first electric bus from Proterra arrived in Juneau by barge today. The City and Borough of Juneau expects it’ll be ready for the public to ride in February. This will be the first public transit electric bus owned by a transit agency in the state of Alaska.
In the meantime, the electric bus will be at Capital Transit’s maintenance facility. Proterra will activate the bus charger, and provide training to Capital Transit operators and mechanics in January. This is one of several electric buses Juneau will receive in the coming few years.
Original funding came from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration (FTA) through the Low- or No-Emission (Low-No) Grant Program. The program provides funding for state and local governmental authorities to purchase or lease zero-emission and low-emission transit buses. Funding was passed through the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities.
Juneau’s first electric bus was manufactured in California by Proterra.