Starting today, South Sound commuters will be able to travel green on one of Pierce Transit’s three new all-electric buses.

According to the agency, the three vehicles will begin running on routes 11 (Point Defiance) and 41 (Portland Avenue). Rides on all Pierce Transit routes will be free on Oct. 17 to celebrate the new buses.

Photo courtesy of Pierce Transit.

“Electric buses are clean, quiet and good for the environment,” said Pierce Transit CEO Sue Dreier. “Bringing them on board is the agency’s next step in providing the public with an enjoyable transportation experience.”

The buses were acquired with a $2.55 million federal “Low or No Emissions” grant.

Although Pierce Transit started running many of its buses on clean compressed natural gas in the 1980s, the agency said some of its buses still run on diesel. The new electric buses will replace three of the diesel-operated vehicles.

According to Pierce Transit, the agency has plans to purchase additional electric buses in the future to continue replacing any remaining diesel-run buses in its fleet.