Electric bus manufacturer Proterra and professional services firm JLL announced the first commercial agreement to provide commuter shuttle services via a fleet of 10 electric buses. The service will operate between Chicago’s commuter train stations and two of the city’s tallest buildings, the iconic Prudential Plaza and Aon Center, both of which are managed by JLL.
The lease of 10 Proterra Catalyst shuttle buses represents two industry firsts: The shuttle service will be the first in the country to operate a 100% zero-emission electric bus fleet as well as one of the first commercial customers to lease electric buses.
Funded in part by Drive Clean Chicago, JLL will lease the Proterra buses for its shuttle service for Prudential Plaza and Aon Center tenants commuting to and from the Ogilvie, Union and LaSalle Street commuter rail stations. Each building will lease five Proterra buses, demonstrating a new way for commercial customers to procure zero-emission transit solutions. The program will begin in December 2016.
Creating clean transportation options is a key pillar of the City’s sustainability goals. This fleet is exactly the type of adoption we hoped Drive Clean Chicago would spur, and look forward to seeing how other fleets respond to the precedent that has been set.—Randy Conner, Acting Commissioner of Transportation