Other Clean Transportation Programs
Hybrid-Electric Transit Buses –Working with the
Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), we supported the development of a prototype hybrid-electric transit bus for New York City Transit and then helped that agency buy 10 hybrid-electric transit buses for use on city streets. Following the successful demonstration of these pilot buses, the MTA took delivery of an additional 815 for New York City and an additional 850 are currently on order. In 2002, this program won the Clean Air Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
More recently, we teamed up with NYSERDA again and the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation to purchase four hybrid-electric buses for Roosevelt Island residents and visitors. These stylish red buses now provide most of the bus service on the 147-acre island, located in the East River off Manhattan.
The hybrid buses are all designed with an electric-drive system which includes a battery pack and an electric motor. The mechanical energy from braking is converted back into electrical energy and supplies additional power to accelerate and climb hills. The hybrid technology, combined with a diesel particulate filter and the use of ultra-low-sulfur fuel, have reduced the emissions of particulate matter by 90 percent, nitrogen oxides by 40 percent and greenhouse gases by 30 percent. Fuel consumption for the hybrid buses is 25 to 35 percent less than for a standard diesel bus, and all of these buses are being made in New York State, providing jobs at upstate companies.
School Bus Emission Reduction Program – As part of a $23 million program to offset emissions of air pollutants in four New York City boroughs, we initiated a $6 million program to install pollution control systems on up to 1,500 city school buses in service with the New York City Board of Education. The program, which is being implemented in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island, converts bus fueling facilities to dispense ultra-low-sulfur fuel and equips buses with emission control devices such as diesel oxidation catalysts (DOCs). The use of ultra-low-sulfur fuel, along with exhaust system modifications like DOCs, reduces emission levels of particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur oxides and total hydrocarbons.
Green Fleets Program - NYPA promotes the development and demonstration of electric and hybrid-electric vehicles in its customer fleets.
Employee Workplace Charging Program - NYPA has installed three charging stations strictly for employee use at the White Plains office. Each charger has been equipped with a meter attached in order to analyze its data.
Municipal Electric Drive Vehicle Program - NYPA works with Munis and Co-op customers to purchase electric and hybrid-electric vehicles for municipal fleets. As of September 2013, 46 electric vehicles have been placed within 21 municipal systems.