Sun Trolley Continues Testing of Electric and Propane Buses on Select Routes in Greater Fort Lauderdale
The Sun Trolley and the City of Fort Lauderdale are exploring alternative fuel options like electric as they prepare to purchase a new fleet with funding from the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization transferred to the Federal Transit Administration.
As part of their research, they will be continuing the testing of an electric bus and two propane-fueled vehicles that were first introduced in August 2019.
The propane vehicles are being leased to the City of Fort Lauderdale by Broward County as part of its Community Shuttle Service program, and the electric vehicle is on loan from an electric vehicle manufacturer.
"We are testing the capability of propane and electric buses for fuel efficiency, operational capacity, and public acceptance as we get ready to build our new fleet," said Robyn Chiarelli, Executive Director of the Downtown Fort Lauderdale Transportation Management Association (TMA), which manages the five Sun Trolley routes.
The results from the City of Fort Lauderdale's 2018 neighbor survey identified "preparing for the future" as a top priority among residents, with a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2020. Another result of the survey was the development of a plan to increase traffic flow in downtown Fort Lauderdale. "Sustainability and efficiency are key to helping residents and visitors alike move freely through the City. These trials will help identify the best way to optimize the Sun Trolley fleet and bring us closer to our goal of being a connected, multimodal city," said City of Fort Lauderdale City Manager Chris Lagerbloom.
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