Go GreenerOur vehicles

We keep the Twin Cities moving with
even less impact on the environment

Metro Transit's buses are in service for 12 years or more - and cover more than 400,000 miles in that time. All buses run on ultra-low sulfur fuel with a biodiesel blend - made from organic material like soybeans. This renewable fuel is better for air quality and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Plus, the fuel is produced and made from products grown in Minnesota.

Over the past five years, average fuel economy for Metro Transit buses has improved about 9 percent. Since 2008, tires with improved design and material have been added to buses - saving an estimated 300,000 gallons of fuel per year. Today, taking a Metro Transit bus rather than driving uses on average about half of the fuel and produces half the greenhouse gas emissions per mile.

Our newest hybrid electric bus

New super hybrid bus

 

Metro Transit is once again leading the way by introducing this new “super-hybrid," the next step in diesel hybrid buses. This Minnesota-made vehicle is the most efficient diesel hybrid bus to date.

Most of its onboard systems (air conditioning, power steering, etc.) use electricity instead of engine power, improving fuel economy and cutting emissions. For short periods of time – for example, while inside a garage – it can operate in all-electric mode, during which it creates ZERO emissions.

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Hybrid electric bus

Hybrid electric bus

 

Hybrid buses are propelled partially by electric power stored in a large battery on the roof of buses. These buses have at least 25 percent better fuel economy than standard buses, operate very quietly and recharge the battery when braking.

Hybrids are used on routes with frequent stops – such as Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis, where only hybrids operate. Most recently, 33 hybrids were added to routes 63, 64, and 68 in St. Paul. Metro Transit has 132 hybrid buses in service, about 15 percent of our bus fleet.


Light rail

Light Rail

 

The METRO Blue Line (Hiawatha) runs on electricity, with zero emissions from the train. Nearly one-fifth of the sources used to generate this electricity are renewable, including hydroelectric and wind power. For Earth Day and other events, Metro Transit has used Xcel Energy's Windsource® program to demonstrate that light rail can run on 100 percent wind power - another Minnesota-produced resource.

On average, choosing the Blue Line instead of driving alone reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than 70 percent per mile.


Northstar

Northstar commuter rail

 

The Northstar Commuter Rail Line carries 145 seated customers per passenger car, the highest capacity of all vehicles in our fleet. On its most energy-efficient trips, Northstar has traveled with up to 10 cars and more than 2,500 customers onboard.

On average, choosing Northstar instead of driving alone produces about half of the fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions per mile.

 

 

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