Mayor Bowser has introduced the New Flyer Xcelsior buses, the first wave of DC Circulator buses that will use clean diesel technology to reduce harmful particulate emissions, improve reliability and enhance sustainability. The eco-friendly buses replace older fleets and increase commuter trips made by public transit to 50 percent. The second wave of buses that expected to run in late-fall 2017 includes 14 operating on 100 percent battery-electric propulsion.
The New Flyer Xcelsior buses are equipped with pedestrian alert systems, driver-controlled air-conditioning systems, mounted roofs and passenger amenities such as USB charging ports and infotainment systems including digital screens that display information. The new DC Circulator buses supports Mayor Bowser’s Sustainable DC initiative to make DC the most sustainable city in the nation, and her Vision Zero initiative to eliminate transportation-related fatalities and serious injuries by 2024.