Rhode Island begins construction of an electric bus charging station

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The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) recently began construction of the state’s first online electric bus charging station.

The $6.7 million online electric bus charging station will be located along the R-Line, RIPTA’s busiest route, connecting Providence and Pawtucket. It will have the capacity to charge up to three electric buses simultaneously and will include an on-site snow melting system and
drivers’ toilets.

The project should be completed in the fall.

“This new electric charging station is not only a key part of our fight against climate change, but also a tool for environmental justice,” said Scott Avedisian, CEO of RIPTA. “The construction of this station on the Broad City Line cements our commitment to reducing global carbon emissions while improving air quality for communities dependent on public transit and burdened by the adverse health effects of pollution. .”

Rhode Island has committed about $14.4 million of state Volkswagen settlement funds to improve air quality. The majority of the charging station project is primarily funded through the settlement, with the remainder coming from federal transit funding.

RIPTA launched a pilot program in 2019 with three leased all-electric buses. The construction of the charging station and the purchase of 14 electric buses are part of Phase II.

Phase I tested the performance of electric buses on different routes.

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