March 13, 2017

MARTA Goes Green with New Electric Bus Unveiling, Tour March 17th

Authority Tests Proterra's 40-ft Battery-Electric Bus, Explores Additional Cleaner Transportation Options for Fleet 

ATLANTA – The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) is going green with an electric bus pilot program. The 40-foot Proterra Catalyst bus is on loan to MARTA as the authority explores cleaner transportation options. MARTA’s General Manager/CEO Keith Parker will lead a tour of the new electric bus on March 17, at 10 a.m. at the Authority’s headquarters. 

Currently, MARTA’s bus fleet is inclusive of both diesel, hybrid and compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles. “MARTA continues to consider options to diversify our fleet by testing a range of alternative fuel innovations to greatly reduce our overall carbon footprint while enhancing the safety and comfort of our passengers,” Parker said.

The Catalyst holds up to 40 seated passengers and can travel more than three hours on a single charge. MARTA Operations has outfitted the test routes with periodic rapid charging stations. The Catalyst fully recharges in approximately 10 minutes. 


DATE: Friday, March 17, 2017

TIME: 10 a.m.

WHO: Keith Parker (GM/CEO, MARTA) and Mike Hennessy (Proterra representative)

WHAT: Unveiling and tour of the new Catalyst electric bus.

LOCATION: MARTA Headquarters (2424 Piedmont Rd, NE, Atlanta, GA 30324)

VISUALS: The Catalyst will be available for tours prior to its official debut on March 20.

RSVP: Please RSVP via email to Erik Burton at ehburton@itsmarta.com

MARTA Electric Bus Pilot


Erik Burton

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