“Charging Forward” our roadmap to bus electrification
Public transit is the greenest and most equitable form of motorized transportation. We’re committed to making it better for everyone by buying new electric buses and building out our charging infrastructure to make our bus fleet all-electric by the year 2040. Following a multi-year analysis, we now have our first-ever roadmap for meeting our goal of the full-electrification of our bus fleet, facilities and supporting infrastructure.
The study, “Charging Forward: CTA Bus Electrification Planning Report,” (appendix) summarizes the findings of key analyses and establishes a practical framework for us to advance towards full electrification—all while ensuring that equity, the environment and the communities we serve are at the forefront of this next big endeavor.
Among the strategic recommendations outlined in the study, are:
- Which technologies to invest in;
- Where to install charging infrastructure;
- How to sequence the electrification of garages and routes;
- How to ensure that the related facility upgrades are coordinated with other modernization needs to maximize cost effectiveness and overall system reliability; and
- Outlining an achievable transition timeline for meeting the agency’s 2040 conversion goal.
With the completion of this study, we are now well-positioned to compete for funding, advocate for policies, and drive technology advances that will be essential to implement this plan.
More about our conversion to an all-electric bus fleet
Better Streets for Buses
“When streets work better for buses, buses work better for people.”
Public bus service is the only travel mode in Chicago that is affordable, accessible and reaches all neighborhoods throughout the entire city. Essential workers and other Chicagoans without alternative options to reach workplaces, grocery stores or medical appointments rely upon CTA buses.
Building on our commitment to make the City’s bus system better for everyone, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), we are developing the Better Streets for Buses Plan. This will be the City’s first framework plan to improve street infrastructure for public bus service, and lay the groundwork for ongoing bus infrastructure improvements by establishing a network of corridors to prioritize and a toolbox of street treatments to consider as solutions.
The Better Streets for Buses Plan will streamline future bus movement and improve the bus passenger experience. These investments in future bus priority improvements will help transit-dependent residents better access resources and opportunities throughout the city.
More about the Better Streets for Buses Plan