'Citibus' unveils new electric buses; improving Lubbock's transit system
Starting next week new zero-emission electric buses will be on Lubbock streets. It's the first of this kind in west Texas. It's taken two years, but the federal and state governments have put up the money to pay for these electric powered buses, no city money was used.
"Initially they only had about $50 million in the grant program nationwide," said Chris Mandrell, Citibus general manager. "In 2017 there was $55 million available and we got $1.75 million of those $55 million, which out of about 20 to 25 awards we were the highest."
These two new buses will provide a reliable source of transportation for everyone.
"These buses will help us sustain, become more sustainable in the community and create a better a more reliable service," said Mandrell. "You know our fleet is old and we are working to replace those as cost effectively and efficiently as we can, so this is just one piece of that bigger pie that we are working on."
Citibus currently has 78 buses, 11 of them are hybrid electric vehicles. These new battery-powered vehicles will hit the streets in just a few days running the Texas Tech routes first. Mandrell adds that Citibus will continue to apply for more grants to add more to the fleet.