Topeka Metro exploring the use of electric buses

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The Topeka Metro is exploring options to make getting around town faster and cheaper.

They provide just over a million rides to Topekans each year, and in 2023, you may be seeing some new buses cruising through town.

Christopher Tumbleson rides the bus to and from school every day.

Last week, he got to experience what the possible new buses would be like

Tumbleson said he was impressed with what he saw.

“They said that they had WiFi on there,” said Tumbleson. “I was like ‘whoa, yeah, they need to get this for all the buses.'”

The Topeka Metro took one of the potential new buses on a test route recently.

General Manager Susan Duffy said fuel is the most costly component for the Metro and the transition to electric buses can help cut down on costs and pollution.

“They lessen our carbon footprint,” said Duffy. “There is no emission from them, and further, we won’t have to buy gasoline diesel with these buses.”

The Topeka Metro is looking to replace 16 buses. 

The electric buses they’re considering will cost anywhere from $800,000 to $850,000 each.

“The initial cost is more expensive,” said Duffy.

However, Duffy said the investment will be beneficial in the long run because they’ll be cheaper to maintain.

“It could ultimately save the taxpayers money and provide a quality type of product on our streets.”

For more information on upcoming events and specials, you can visit the Topeka Metro’s website HERE.

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