AUSTIN — A Michigan state government agency has given the go-ahead to start building a fleet of buses to transport people to and from work.
The State Transit Board voted to approve the blitzcrats on Tuesday night.
It is the first phase of a $1.3 billion plan to create two million vehicles over five years to replace the state’s aging fleet of bus lines.
Some of the buses will be electric or hybrid, and some will have some type of autonomous technology.
“This is a huge milestone for our state’s transportation system and will help provide quality service for all Michiganders,” said Gov.
We want to make sure our residents are able to get to and get to work safely and conveniently, and that’s why we are proud to have the blitz cars rolling into the state.
“In Michigan, the blitz car is a four-wheel drive, all-electric bus that can travel at speeds of up to 70 miles per hour.
This will be the first time a bus will be built in the state.
Michigan is one of the few states where the blitzcarts will be powered by electric power.
There are more than 500 of the blitzcars being built across the country.
According to a press release from Michigan State Transportation Secretary Mike Foye, the state will purchase 10 of the cars to begin testing in 2018.
These new buses will provide more than 30,000 daily trips.
They will be equipped with advanced navigation, automatic traffic signals and cameras to keep the streets safe for commuters.
Officials expect to start receiving the first buses in 2021.
More than half of the new blitz cars will be owned by private companies, and will be used in areas such as rural areas and cities with limited transportation options.
One of the vehicles is due to arrive in Michigan next year.