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WMATA Bladensburg Facility BEB Overhead Charging Infrastructure

Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA) selects overhead charging infrastructure for its battery electric bus (BEB) fleet

  • 100

    Articulated Buses

  • 205

    Standard Size Buses

  • Washington, District of Columbia

    Washington, District of Columbia

Optimizing space with overhead charging infrastructure

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA) engaged us, as part of a design-build team with Hensel Phelps, to analyze the battery electric bus (BEB) design for overhead pantograph charging infrastructure for the Bladensburg Bus Garage Reconstruction project

Utilizing our ZEVDecide modeling tool, we first provided modeling for energy, route, bus performance, fleet operations, and power to identify the zero-emission technology mix that works best with WMATA bus routes. We then analyzed different charger types and configurations for an overhead inverted pantograph charging system in the outdoor bus storage areas of the facility. Currently, we’re designing the structural support and elevated platform infrastructure and determining clearance requirements for the components. We are also coordinating with Hensel Phelps as they progress on the construction of the new buildings adjacent to the BEB superstructure.

Once the project reaches 30% design, WMATA will review costing details prior to authorizing the next stage of design. Ultimately, the pantographs will charge a total of 100 articulated and 205 standard sized buses.

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Analy Castillo, Associate, Zero Emissions Technical Lead

I help transit agencies develop pragmatic plans for launching zero-emission bus fleets in the face of overwhelming challenges.
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Ken Anderson, Vice President, Buildings, Civic Sector Leader

Architecture has the ability to speak to the human soul. We have a responsibility with every project to create innovative, resilient spaces that connect people to the greater spirit of living.
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Greg Shipley, Principal, Senior Project Manager

Approaching each design with a people-first mentality and developing the project holistically sets the course for a successful project.
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Reb Guthrie, Principal, Fueling Infrastructure

Creative problem solving—in sometimes unexpected ways—while understanding and respecting user needs is easily the best part about my job.
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Analy Castillo

Associate, Zero Emissions Technical Lead

Ken Anderson

Vice President, Buildings, Civic Sector Leader

Greg Shipley

Principal, Senior Project Manager

Reb Guthrie

Principal, Fueling Infrastructure

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