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DTA to unveil electric buses

Nate Mascarenas, who works in maintenance for the DTA, takes one of the new DTA electric buses for a spin around the parking lot in September. The public is invited to a news conference on Thursday as the Duluth Transit Authority unveils its new electric buses. (Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com)

The public is invited to a news conference on Thursday as the Duluth Transit Authority unveils its new electric buses.

The DTA purchased seven Proterra electric buses with a $6.3 million federal grant along with $1.1 million from the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Duluth's topography and cold conditions make it an ideal place to test electric-bus technology, according to a DTA news release.

The event will be at 10 a.m. at the Duluth Transportation Center, 228 W. Michigan St., and include statements from MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle and Duluth Mayor Emily Larson. The public will be able to view the electric buses from 10:30-10:45.

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