Climate Clips: D.C.’s Northern Bus Garage Will Be Home To All Electric Fleet When It Reopens

Two pieces of Metro’s electric bus future fell into place Wednesday: the official word that Northern Bus Garage will be an electric bus-only facility when it reopens in 2027; and Metro’s first large order of electric buses will start to arrive late this winter and will hit the streets shortly thereafter.

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Utility Dive
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