GARTA adds six electric buses to its fleet

The Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority (GARTA) in Massachusetts celebrated the addition of six 35-foot electric buses to its fleet at an event attended by local officials and residents.

The GATRA team worked to secure funding from the Volkswagen Clean Air Settlement to purchase the new buses from California-based manufacturer GILLIG.

Admin Mark Sousa is excited to offer a cleaner alternative for local runners.

“It’s important for us to connect and improve our community by cultivating relationships with those who share the same values,” he said. “We want to be a leader in the community by making improvements to the towns and villages in our service area.”

GILLIG Vice President of Sales, Bill Fay, is thrilled to partner with GATRA.

“These six new battery electric buses will provide safe, reliable and environmentally friendly public transit to the great communities of Taunton and Attleboro,” Fay said.

State Senator Mark Pacheco addressed the attendees before cutting the ribbon to welcome the new buses and congratulate the GARTA team for their efforts.

“I am happy to support this promising clean transportation initiative funded by the Volkswagen Clean Air Settlement,” he said. “I want to thank admin Mark Sousa and everyone who helped secure this eco-friendly alternative for area cyclists.”

The GATRA team would like to thank local reps Carol Doherty (Taunton/Easton) and Jim Hawkins (Attleboro) for taking the time to enjoy the first ride on the incredibly quiet and comfortable new carbon-free bus.

Melvin Z. Madore