, and NYPA
worked together to deliver a path to sustainability for Ithaca's busy public bus transportation routes, which in 2019 served 4.2 million
rides, a 54% increase from the previous year. Our electric solution supports a brand new fleet of Proterra ZX5 Catalyst
e-Buses to be deployed in Summer 2021.
TCAT's bus lines operate 22-
½ hours a day, seven days a week and 360 days a year, with only five
days of downtime per year for holidays. This power-demanding operation
schedule necessitated the need for a sustainable electric solution and
Proterra's overnight, automated charging system complemented this need
Ithaca's network of bus
lines primarily serves riders to Cornell University, Ithaca College, and
Tompkins Cortland Community College, as well as the numerous retail,
entertainment, commercial, residential and professional centers that
serve those communities.
The economic and
environmental impact of bus line electrification will greatly impact the
long-term health and sustainability of one of Upstate New York's
largest population centers.