AUSTIN (KXAN) — Capital Metro announced an eco-friendly initiative Monday to commemorate Earth Day.
The company will push towards converting to an all-electric fleet of buses with plans to buy two electric buses by the end of the year. They hope to buy two more in 2020 and possibly 10 over the next couple of years.
Monday morning, the company began demolishing the old Serta Mattress building off Burnet Road in north Austin. Officials plan to house the new fleet in that location and have a charging center for the electric buses.
Council Member Ann Kitchen says there’s no more appropriate time for this announcement than on Earth Day.
“The vision for Project Connect is an all-electric fleet, and that’s really important for our environment because it’s sustainable,” Kitchen said. “And Project Connect is huge for our city because it’s going to give us better ways to get around.”
The future could also be driverless. Last year, Capital Metro tested autonomous buses, which are also electric and carry up to 15 people.