New York – As part of an aggressive effort to enhance its environmental sustainability programs, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will add 18 new all-electric buses to its three major airports within the next six months to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants. It is the first step in eventually replacing all 36 diesel regular shuttle buses during the next 2-3 years.
The first six all-electric buses have been delivered and are in service at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Six buses have been delivered to Newark Liberty and are scheduled to be in operation early next year, while another six vehicles will be deployed to LaGuardia by the summer of 2019. These programs include installation of new charging stations at each facility.
At each airport, the six battery-operated vehicles are projected to save approximately 269 tons of greenhouse gas emissions and approximately 40,000 gallons of diesel fuel each year. In addition, the zero emissions buses will improve local air quality by eliminating the emissions of approximately 2,000 pounds of nitrous oxide and 150 pounds of particulate matter each year. Each bus has an estimated range of about 230 miles per charge, with each charge taking less than four hours.
“The Port Authority continues to act to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants from Port Authority facilities and activities,” said Executive Director Rick Cotton. “By expanding our use of electric vehicles and providing a more sustainable airport, we are continuing our commitment to reduce the agency’s carbon footprint.”
Built by Proterra, the buses will shuttle employees and customers to areas not served by Airtrain JFK and AirTrain Newark. The LaGuardia buses would be used to transport passengers and employees to all terminals and parking lots at LGA, where plans currently are under way for construction of an AirTrain LGA.
The JFK buses were purchased with the help of rebates offered through the New York Truck Voucher Incentive program, which supports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s clean energy goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions statewide by 40 percent by 2030. The incentive program is administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and has provided nearly 600 rebates in New York State since 2013.
Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit http://www.panynj.gov.