Title

Alternative Transportation Operation Model for Central Transit Operations

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Event Website

https://source2022.sched.com/

Start Date

19-5-2022

End Date

19-5-2022

Keywords

sustainability, transportation, electric vehicles, economic analysis

Abstract

We analyzed the viability of electric busses as public transportation in Ellensburg, Washington. We started by collecting data for the current bus transit and associated costs. Due to current inefficiencies in the bus route system, we have decided to create new routes that can be adjusted to people’s needs as well as the schedule. Rising fuel costs have encouraged us to look into fully electric busses. We calculated the annual miles driven with the new schedule and route system to compare the fuel costs with electricity costs in Ellensburg. These costs clearly showed an advantage to switch to a fully electric bus, however, to see if it is viable, we have also considered maintenance and vehicle costs. This analysis can be used in any kind of community thinking about switching to electric bussing.

College of Business Presentation Award Winner.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Peter Gray, Toni Sipic

Department/Program

Economics; Environmental Studies; Public Policy

Additional Mentoring Department

Economics

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Alternative Transportation Operation Model for Central Transit Operations

We analyzed the viability of electric busses as public transportation in Ellensburg, Washington. We started by collecting data for the current bus transit and associated costs. Due to current inefficiencies in the bus route system, we have decided to create new routes that can be adjusted to people’s needs as well as the schedule. Rising fuel costs have encouraged us to look into fully electric busses. We calculated the annual miles driven with the new schedule and route system to compare the fuel costs with electricity costs in Ellensburg. These costs clearly showed an advantage to switch to a fully electric bus, however, to see if it is viable, we have also considered maintenance and vehicle costs. This analysis can be used in any kind of community thinking about switching to electric bussing.

College of Business Presentation Award Winner.

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source/2022/COB/5