SEPTA Retires Last Diesel Bus in Fleet


The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has officially retired its last bus fully powered by diesel. With the retirement of the diesel buses, the agency transitions to a fleet comprised entirely of electric and hybrid models.

“We are thrilled to announce the retirement of our last diesel bus, marking a historic moment for SEPTA and the communities we serve,” said Leslie S. Richards, SEPTA CEO and general manager. “This transition underscores our dedication to sustainability and aligns with our mission of connecting people with opportunity, catalyzing the economy, and sustaining our environment.”

SEPTA’s fleet of 1,379 buses and trackless trolley buses are now either electric or hybrid electric and offer increased energy efficiency and lower maintenance costs compared to traditional diesel counterparts. The vehicles are equipped with advanced features such as regenerative braking and onboard energy storage systems.

“The move to a 100-percent electric and hybrid fleet not only benefits the environment but also enhances the overall passenger experience with quieter, smoother rides and reduced vibration,” said Emily Yates, SEPTA chief innovation officer.