On Saturday, November 20th, the Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority (GATRA), unveiled their new fleet of six electric buses. GATRA is one of the two Regional Transit Authorities (RTAs) that operate in the SRPEDD region. These buses are state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly, and carbon-free. Angie Constantino, GATRA’s Mobility Manager, created the unique and eye-catching bus design. Angie is a former Senior Transportation Planner and Mobility Manager at SRPEDD, and during her time here, Angie played an essential role in working with the RTAs to improve and enhance mobility across the region.  

GATRA partnered with the Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant (TMLP) to install six charging stations for these new buses at the bus maintenance facility. The purchase of these buses was made possible from the 2017 Volkswagen diesel emissions settlement, with a nearly $3 billion trust fund for states to put cleaner vehicles on their roads, such as electric powered vehicles.  

These buses will service routes in the Taunton area and are in the process of being evaluated to see how they work within the system. A big thank you also goes out to Senator Marc Pacheco, State Representatives Carol Doherty and James Hawkins, GATRA Administrator Mark Sousa and Amanda Barlow for their assistance. With the acquisition of the new electric buses, GATRA is helping lead the way in the transition to a transportation system that is as clean, renewable and sustainable as possible.