May 18, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Electric Buses: Coming soon to Metro Transit, Vision Loss Resources rides along
Electric buses are strutting their stuff for riders and Metro Transit officials in the Twin Cities again this week, emphasizing their fuel savings, low emissions, and comparatively silent running. It’s the relative silence that has caught the attention of Vision Loss Resources – once called the Minneapolis and Saint Paul Societies for the Blind.
“We’re all for the cleaner environment electric buses would bring to the Twin Cities,” Kate Grathwol, Vision Loss Resources CEO said, “But we’re also very aware that electric vehicles pose a danger because they’re so quiet.”
Grathwol and a rehabilitation teacher for visually impaired people will get a firsthand look at a BYD bus Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the intersection of Hennepin and Washington avenues. Metro Transit and BYD officials will answer questions and offer short bus rides at that time.
Grathwol said, “City planners are adding more walking and biking opportunities in the Twin Cities, and we want to be proactive. You’ve probably seen people staring at phones or wearing ear buds as they cross streets. It’s not only visually impaired people who rely on traffic noise to help keep them safe. We want to see that this measure of safety continues.”
Iris Key, Vision Loss Resources