Electric trolley buses go for a test drive

Prototypes of Metro’s new electric trolley buses are on the road for a 90-day test drive.

The new buses feature air conditioning, low floors for easier boarding, and an updated system to secure wheelchairs.

The new buses feature air conditioning, low floors for easier boarding, and an updated system to secure wheelchairs.

PSRC awarded $137 million in federal transportation funds to replace the agency’s aging fleet of trolleys.

The test drive will help identify any fixes that might be needed before production of the buses starts in early 2015.

Metro’s trolley system spans more than 70 miles from Ballard to Rainier Beach, and serves five designated regional growth centers and 12 local centers in Seattle.

According to the county, the new trolleys will use 25-30% less energy than the older models and will be able to operate off-wire on battery power for 3 miles.

The trolleys are scheduled to be in service by late 2015.  You can find out more here.

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