Electric Buses

Project Overview

Lawrence Transit competed for and was awarded two federal Low-No Emissions Program grants for electric buses in 2020 and 2021. The first grant secured five buses to be deployed in 2022, and the second grant secured two buses to be deployed in 2023. All seven are Gillig 40’ electric buses. Lawrence Transit applied for a 2022 Low-No grant for two 40’ Proterra and two VMC Optimal cutaway electric buses. Awards for the 2022 grant are expected to be announced by Fall 2022.

Ultimately, Lawrence Transit plans to transition its entire bus fleet (50 buses) to zero-emissions by 2035, following sustainability goals set by the City.

Status + Timeline + Next Steps

Status

In Progress

Timeline

Project Start: March 2020
Project End: December 2035

Milestone 1: Electrify Lawrence Phase 1 Grant Application Submission – March 2020 – Completed
Milestone 2: Electrify Lawrence Phase 1 Planning, Procurement, Delivery, Installation, Acceptance – May 2020-June 2022 – Completed
Milestone 3: Electrify Lawrence Phase 1 Deployment & Performance Monitoring – August 2022-December 2024 – In Progress
Milestone 4: Electrify Lawrence Phase 2 Grant Application Submission – April 2021 – Completed
Milestone 5: Electrify Lawrence Phase 2 Planning, Procurement, Delivery, Installation, Acceptance – Estimated Start September 2022 – Not Started
Milestone 6: Electrify Lawrence Phase 2 Deployment & Performance Monitoring – Estimated August 2023-December 2025 – Not Started
Milestone 7: Electrify Lawrence Phase 3 Grant Application Submission – May 2022 – Completed

Next Steps

Phase 1 implementation is underway, as five, 40’ Gillig electric buses have been accepted into the fleet as of July 2022. Electric buses will be used in regular service for partial days, then full days for 4-6 weeks. All five buses are anticipated to be fully deployed into service by the end of August 2022.

Lawrence Transit applied for a 2022 Low-No grant for two 40’ Proterra and two VMC Optimal cutaway electric buses. Awards for the 2022 grant are expected to be announced by Fall 2022.

Completed + Supporting Documentation

Project partners

Electrify Lawrence Phase 1 (March 2020–December 2024)

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Electrify Lawrence Phase 2 (April 2021–December 2025)

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Electrify Lawrence Phase 3 (May 2022–December 2026)

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