The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) was selected by the Alexandria Transit Company (DASH) in Alexandria, Virginia to perform a zero-emission bus fleet feasibility and planning study. Through this work, CTE will provide DASH with an understanding of the viability of deploying zero-emission bus technologies into DASH’s revenue service and to identify elements and considerations for a future Zero Emission Fleet Implementation Plan scope.
DASH provides service to more than four million passengers annually within portions of the City of
Alexandria and between the City and the Pentagon Metrorail station. DASH plays a key role within
the implementation of the City Council’s City Transportation Master Plan (TMP) and contributes to
Eco-City efforts that provide an environmentally friendly alternative to the single occupant vehicle.
Prior to working with CTE, DASH has undertaken several initiatives to develop an understanding of
the operational maintenance and infrastructure requirements associated with the deployment of
ZEBs. CTE will work alongside DASH’s Zero Emission Bus Working Group in order to collect data
and construct a ZEB Framework for transitioning the agency’s routes toward zero emission.
“DASH and the City of Alexandria have been very diligent in their consideration of zero-emission
bus technologies as part of their fleet policy planning,” said Joe Empert, Engineering Consultant at
CTE. “CTE is excited to contribute to their overall effort by providing guidance through this
feasibility and scoping study.”
CTE offers ZEB planning services that holistically evaluate economic costs, risks, and performance
expectations in order to develop strategic ZEB transition timelines based on an agency’s current
fleet management plan. CTE is in the process of developing plans for transit agencies like AC
Transit, SolTrans, LA Metro, Ames Transit (CyRide), San Diego MTS, and Spokane Transit to
name a few.