NJ TRANSIT AWARDS CONTRACT TO ADVANCE ELECTRIC BUS PROGRAM IN CAMDEN
Electric Vehicle Infrastructure at Newton Avenue Garage Will Support Battery Electric Bus Pilot Program in Camden
September 9, 2020
NEWARK, NJ — The NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors has approved the Electric Bus Infrastructure project contract for the Newton Avenue Bus Garage in Camden, renovating the facility for the installation of 8 Electric Vehicle Chargers (EVC). This project focuses on supporting the operation of NJ TRANSIT’s first battery powered commuter vehicles, eight Battery Electric Buses (BEB) that will be put into revenue service in mid-2021.
“Aligned with Governor Murphy’s Energy Master Plan, the contract authorized by our Board today helps bring New Jersey one step closer to achieving the State’s goal to transition to 100% clean energy by 2050,” said NJ TRANSIT President & CEO Kevin Corbett. “It also aligns with NJ TRANSIT’s new 10-Year Strategic Plan, NJT2030, and our 5-Year Capital Plan, which both identify and prioritize the need for bus garage modernization to underpin an all-electric fleet by 2040. NJ TRANSIT remains wholly committed to electrification and moving toward a zero-emissions fleet.”
In January, Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation establishing goals to increase the use of zero emissions vehicles in New Jersey.
- By December 31, 2024: at least 10 percent of new bus purchases will be zero emission buses
- By December 31, 2026: at least 50 percent of new bus purchases will be zero emissions buses
- By December 31, 2032: 100 percent of new bus purchases will be zero emissions buses.
Scalfo Electric Inc. of Vineland was awarded the contract of $3.235 million to renovate the Newton Avenue Bus Garage with electric vehicle charging stations and other associated infrastructure modifications.
NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 925,000 weekday trips on 253 bus routes, three light rail lines, 12 commuter rail lines and through Access Link paratransit service. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 166 rail stations, 62 light rail stations and more than 19,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.