Transit Electrification: Challenges and Opportunities
In recent years, states embracing transportation electrification have come to realize that different parts of the transportation sector come with their own challenges and needs. Electrifying the transit sector is no different. Here we focus on the electrification of public transit and highlight some of the major topics that both transit agencies and public utility commissions can expect to confront as they endeavor to electrify transit services. The goal of this paper is to help utility regulators begin appreciating some of the fundamental challenges faced by transit agencies as they start to use electric buses, this relatively new electric end use. The paper also seeks to help transit agencies better understand electrification opportunities. Sharing these perspectives should be useful as states seek to secure the benefits of electrifying public transit fleets.