Prudential’s new electric bus fleet

parker01-01A new fleet of 10 “nautically themed” electric buses aims to give Aon and Prudential workers a cleaner, more colorful commute.

On Dec. 5 the new shuttles, each featuring a different sea creature, will replace eight “loud and dirty” diesel buses, according to Prudential general manager Bryan Oyster.

“We recognized the tenants coming into the building were environmentally conscious,” says Oyster. “And, we wanted a design that stood out in the community.”

Design highlights include an octopus wrapping its tentacles around the Aon and Prudential Buildings, a bright red lobster whose claw bisects the Aon and Prudential Buildings and a lime-green seahorse carrying a checkered patterned picture of a diver on its back. According to bus manufacturer Proterra, Aon and Prudential will be the first commercial office buildings in the country to lease a zero-emission electric shuttle fleet. 

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The octopus-themed bus in Prudential’s new electric fleet

Each building will lease five buses, with routes continuing to/from Ogilvie, Union, and LaSalle Street Stations from 6:15 to 9:30 a.m. each morning, and from 4 to 7:30 p.m. each night. A new app-based ticketing system will enable commuters to purchase tickets online and track buses in real time.

As the new buses are rolled out, shuttle fares will bump up a quarter, from $1.75 to $2.00 each way.

— Tricia Parker

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