NJ TRANSIT ADVANCES PROCUREMENT OF NEW ELECTRIC BUSES FOR LIMITED DEPLOYMENT
Request for Proposals (RFP) Issued in Next Step Towards Launching Zero-Emissions Bus Fleet
February 19, 2021
NEWARK, NJ – NJ TRANSIT continues to advance its zero-emissions bus program with today’s release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the purchase of eight battery-powered electric buses, to be deployed as part of a limited deployment in the City of Camden. The acquisition of the buses is part of an overall effort by Governor Murphy’s Administration to combat the impacts of climate change by transitioning to zero-emissions vehicles. The Camden limited deployment will enable NJ TRANSIT to study the unique benefits and challenges of using zero-emissions vehicles in a real-world setting. NJ TRANSIT will retain a third party to monitor the program’s progress and the battery-electric bus performance.
“These new electric buses, and their deployment in Camden later this year, represent just one aspect of our overall strategy to transition to a 100% zero-emissions bus fleet consistent with Governor Murphy’s Energy Master Plan,” said NJ TRANSIT President & CEO Kevin S. Corbett. “In addition to a new Northern Bus Garage that will be constructed with the necessary charging infrastructure to support a fleet of up to 500 buses, NJ TRANSIT will play a significant role in improving the air quality for many of the communities in our service area who disproportionately bear the burden of the ongoing effects of climate change.”
In January 2020, Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation establishing goals to increase the use of zero emissions vehicles in New Jersey.
- By December 31, 2024: at least 10 percent of new bus purchases will be zero emissions buses
- By December 31, 2026: at least 50 percent of new bus purchases will be zero emissions buses
- By December 31, 2032: 100 percent of new bus purchases will be zero emissions buses.
In September 2020, NJ TRANSIT’s Board of Directors awarded a $3.235 million contract to Scalfo Electric of Vineland to renovate the Newton Avenue Bus Garage with electric vehicle charging stations and other associated infrastructure modifications. That project is targeted to be completed Summer 2021.
The transition to zero-emissions vehicles advances NJ TRANSIT’s goal outlined in the 10-year Strategic Plan to “Promote a More Sustainable Future for Our Planet.”
About NJ TRANSIT
NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 925,000 weekday trips on 253 bus routes, three light rail lines, 12 commuter rail lines and through Access Link paratransit service. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 166 rail stations, 62 light rail stations and more than 19,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.