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Port Arthur welcomes new electric buses to city’s fleet

Port Arthur Transit has received a fleet of six new electric buses to replace its diesel-powered vehicles.

Electric buses being brought into Port Arthur. (Courtesy photo)

Four more battery-electric buses are to come by July. Proterra is the manufacturer of the buses.

“With electric buses being a major component in public transportation in the future, PAT’s purchase of 10 electric buses marks a commitment to pursue innovative projects to benefit the community,” PAT Director Ivan Mitchell said. “The electric vehicles will save money in maintenance cost, increase fuel efficiency and benefit riders with quieter buses that are zero-emission. As the first transit agency in the region to operate battery-electric transit buses PAT envisions becoming a resource for other agencies who want to implement this technology.”

Port Arthur Transit’s remodeled terminal is open for business, and its $2.8 million maintenance building is scheduled for completion by Jan. 4. PAT will expand weeknight operation by one hour starting Dec. 28, with service to go from 6:15 a.m.-7:15 p.m. and Saturday service to remain from 7:15 a.m.-6:15 p.m. For route information, call PAT 409-983-8767 or visit: portarturtx.gov/201/Transit-Department.