Akron Metro RTA presents the first two electric buses

The Akron Metro Regional Transit Authority (RTA) introduced residents of Summit County, Ohio to the agency’s two new electric buses at an event on March 29.

Event attendees were able to see the two buses, nicknamed “Jolt” and “Volt”, in action at the Robert K Pfaff Transit Center, where they operated silently during the event.

“This is an important milestone in our history as we unite with our transit peers to be nationally recognized leaders in the use of alternative fuels,” said Dawn Distler, CEO of Akron Metro. “We are committed to making Summit County a better place to work and live by exploring and implementing sustainable technologies and practices.”

After a ribbon-cutting ceremony, attendees enjoyed a guided bus tour of Akron Metro’s bus garages to experience the quiet, smooth ride and view charging stations. A vendor fair was held at the transit center and refreshments were served.

The agency’s fleet of battery-electric buses will expand in 2023. The Metro Board approved the purchase of two additional electric buses just before the start of the event.

“I am proud to lead an organization that is dedicated to improving the sustainability of its operations and the community,” said Metro Chairman of the Board, Robert DeJournett. “On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank our nominating authorities for their support as we continue to lead Metro into the future.”

Melvin Z. Madore