TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Florida State has signed a 10-year contract with StarMetro, the city of Tallahassee's public bus system, to operate an all electric university bus fleet.
The plan is to replace 15 diesel-powered buses with revolutionary battery electric models that are more environmentally friendly and cheaper to operate.
"The university has a strong commitment to environmental sustainability, and this is a way for transportation and parking services to assist with that. Our goal is reduce traffic on campus and improve conditions for pedestrians, bicyclists, and everybody that enjoys campus," said Matthew Inman, Director of Transportation. "We certainly aren't going to be the first university to go electric, but our goal is to be the first to go completely."
FSU already operates three electric buses, so the addition of 15 next generation models will boost the total fleet of electric buses to 18.
They are scheduled to be operating by fall 2019.