The City of Gainesville Regional Transit System (RTS) operates four battery-electric buses, with four more expected soon. The zero-emission buses each travel an estimated 150-200 miles per charge, connect to existing ChargePoint stations at RTS Headquarters, and can accommodate up to 38 seated passengers. In March of 2023, the City of Gainesville received a $1.2 million grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), which will enable the City’s Regional Transit System (RTS) to retire four diesel buses and replace them with four new battery-electric models.
The city fleet also has 14 electric vehicles and 97 hybrid vehicles, along with 116 public access charging stations. City regulations in the Land Development Code promote sustainable mobility and environmental conservation, complemented by smart benches and multiple smart lighting installations.
Gainesville also implemented a micromobility program in 2021. The micromobility program consists of a fleet of shared mobility devices, such as e-scooters and bicycles, for short-term rental. This is one more way the city is furthering healthy, economical and environmentally sustainable transportation alternatives.