Capital Metro to build charging facility for electric buses

Capital Metro unveiled plans for an electric bus facility April 22.

Capital Metro unveiled plans for an electric bus facility April 22.

Image description
Image2
Image description
DSC_4512
In an Earth Day press conference, Capital Metro announced its environmentally conscious plans to build a facility for charging new electric buses.

“What’s important to know about this, and …[why] we’re doing this on Earth Day, is what we’re going to be doing with this once we’re done with construction,” said Ann Kitchen, member of Austin City Council and Capital Metro’s board of directors.

She said the facility and an all-electric bus route is part of the transit agency’s Project Connect, a regional high-capacity transit vision. The facility will be located next to Capital Metro’s North Operations and Maintenance Facility on McNeil Road in Austin, on the former site of a Serta warehouse.

“This here is going to be the home of our electric bus fleet of the future,” Capital Metro CEO Randy Clarke said. “What we want to build is a smart charging yard.”



Clarke said the zero-emission buses will help the entire community by reducing noise and air pollution.

Bay Scoggin, director of the Texas Public Interest Research Group, said by going electric, Capital Metro will save $200,000 per bus over the vehicle’s lifetime.
SHARE THIS STORY
By Abby Bora

Abby Bora started at Community Impact Newspaper in May 2017. After working as a reporter, she became editor of the Cedar Park-Leander edition in October 2018. She covers Leander ISD and city government. Bora graduated from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I. with a bachelor’s degree in media and communications studies.


MOST RECENT

Austin ISD trustees met Feb. 24 for a board meeting at the new Austin ISD headquarters in South Austin. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Preliminary budgeting presentation shows Austin ISD could again face spending deficit in fiscal year 2020-21

The district is anticipating its next budget will include a spending deficit of about $16.3 million.

A photo of Ron Jones, Joanna Day, and Barbara Stroud at a board of trustees meeting.
Dripping Springs ISD board of trustees finalize election agreements with Hays and Travis Counties

Most early voting locations for Dripping Springs ISD voters have been identified, excepting some Travis County locations.

Repeal of straight-ticket voting could mean longer lines ahead in Travis County this fall

The Texas Legislature repealed straight-ticket voting in 2017, but the change was not implemented until this year. In November 2018, more than 60% of county voters chose the straight-ticket option.

A photo of a sign that reads "Dripping Springs Independent School District Administrative Offices."
5 to vie for Dripping Springs ISD trustee seats

Incumbents Barbara Stroud and Ron Jones will vie with three challengers to maintain their seats on the board in May.

The Violet Crown Trail will be built through the city of Sunset Valley. (Source: City of Austin/Community Impact Newspaper)
Next Violet Crown Trail section to break ground this summer

The new section of trail will also connect to the Garza Ranch mixed-use development at the corner of William Cannon Drive and MoPac.

A photo of a group of women huddled together in yellow and blue fitness gear.
Lighthouse Community Wellness fitness studio open in Southwest Austin

A new women's fitness center is bringing classes and workshops to the Oak Hill area.

Dripping Springs has received two grants from the Texas Department of Transportation to complete sidewalk improvements projects. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Dripping Springs receives $2.8 million in TxDOT grants for local sidewalk projects

Projects will include work along Rob Shelton Boulevard and that will connect Dripping Springs Middle and High schools.

A photo of the Dripping Springs ISD board of trustees
Dripping Springs ISD presents on growth, debt ahead of regular board meeting

Dripping Springs ISD ranks 14th for debt among comparable districts.

Early voting for the March 3 primary elections began Feb. 18. (Community Impact Newspaper)
Southwest Austin 2020 Primary Election Guide

Find out which candidates will be on Southwest Austin ballots.

State Sen. Kirk Watson announced his resignation from state government Feb. 18. A number of local politicians have expressed interest in the seat.
Who is interested in Kirk Watson’s Senate seat? Here is where local members of the state House stand

State Reps. Gina Hinojosa and Eddie Rodriguez say they are "seriously considering" a run for the District 14 seat.

Austin ISD Superintendent Paul Cruz addresses the media on Feb. 20 after announcing plans to resign.
Outgoing Superintendent Paul Cruz says 'work will continue' in Austin ISD as transition plan is developed

A timeline for Cruz's departure has not yet been established by Austin ISD.

Austin taps downtown homeless shelter operator to expand permanent supportive housing program

Experts hold up permanent supportive housing as crucial to ending chronic homelessness.

Back to top