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Colorado Springs will get three new buses as part of Volkswagen settlement

Posted: 7:12 PM, Apr 23, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-23 21:15:04-04

COLORADO SPRINGS – The State of Colorado is spending money from the Volkswagen settlement to buy low emission and zero emission buses.

Colorado Springs will receive three of those buses.

Mountain Metro Transit in the Springs is one of seven bus services to win a grant from CDOT to buy the buses.

The Transit Director said these will be the city’s first all-electric buses.

“The battery technology has gotten to the point where they store enough energy so that a bus can complete it’s route in a day, up to 200 miles a day,” said Craig Blewitt with the Metro Mountain District. “So, that technology enables us to operate those buses here in Colorado Springs.

The company plans to use the buses on routes with high pedestrian traffic.

There is still another bidding process required to buy the buses, so they likely won’t be in service until 2021.