Wilsonville is plugging into electric buses for its transit system


Smart Unveiling Full Size Camera 1 10   Wilsonville's transit agency, SMART (South Metro Area Regional Transit), celebrated its 30 years of service with the unveiling of two of the agency's first electric buses.
  The buses are funded from a $1.45 million federal grant and a $400,000 match from the City of Wilsonville. 
   "SMART's ability to successfully procure federal funding is enriching the lives of Wilsonville residents and commuters in any number of ways," Mayor Tim Knapp said. "The new buses provide added value for Wilsonville's taxpayers, provide a quieter commute, and advance the City Council's goal to move our transit system in the direction of sustainable energy sources."
   By 2022, SMART has a goal of using 50% alternative fuel and 100% by 2028.  
   Portland General Electric has already installed charging station at SMART's headquarters with the capacity to expand and accommodate six buses.