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Electric buses for public transportation are coming to Josephine County

The county bought two of them. They start running next week.

Posted: Dec 10, 2019 6:37 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore -- Next time you step onto a bus in Josephine County it might be electric.

From the inside of one of the buses; it sounds like any other car on the road. You would never guess that it's actually a giant transportation bus. "It's 100 percent electric." said Scott Chancey. He is the Transit Program Manager. 

Josephine County now has two of them and they will start running next week. "We aren't going to do 100 percent of our fleet electric, but we are going to at least start to utilize the technology." said Chancey. He says it was time for some of the buses to be replaced. "We figured we would go ahead and encourage the additional expense of the electric bus."

An electric bus costs hundreds of thousands of dollars more than a normal diesel bus. Chancey says the money still comes from the same place. It's spending specifically for general public transportation services and he believes it will pay off. "It's scary, but we have been looking at this for a long time." said Chancey. 

The only other place you can ride an electric bus in Oregon is in Portland. "Most agencies felt that this was a project that only the big urban agencies should take on. I've been studying the issue for a couple of years now. It seemed like something that was doable." said Chancey. 

Each bus, will save the county 600 dollars a month, because it's electric and not gas. These buses will run the next 12 years. "It's not going to be easy. I'm sure there are things we have not anticipated will happen, but I think we are willing to deal with it. Everyone seems to be supportive of it." said Chancey. 

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