First Private Electric Bus Fleet in the Nation to Launch Service in Chicago

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First Private Electric Bus Fleet in the Nation to Launch Service in Chicago

First Private Electric Bus Fleet in the Nation to Launch Service

at Chicago’s Prudential Plaza and Aon Center
The first zero-emissions private shuttle service in the U.S.
will replace longstanding diesel-powered fleet.

CHICAGO – 601W Companies, a New York-based private real estate investment company that owns both Prudential Plaza and Aon Center, today announced that the Prudential Plaza- Aon tenant shuttle service will become the first privately-run, 100 percent zero-emission electric bus fleet in the country.

The shuttle service will run 82 daily routes between Prudential Plaza and Aon Center in the East Loop and the major Metra railway terminals at Ogilvie Transportation Center, Union Station and LaSalle Street Station. The program, which is supported by the City of Chicago’s federally funded Drive Clean Chicago program, will replace eight existing diesel buses with 10 zero-emission electric buses, leased from Proterra, the world’s leading innovator in heavy-duty electric transportation. 

The shuttles will provide approximately 35,000 rides monthly to individuals who work in the two buildings. The buses will significantly reduce environmental impact from the diesel buses, contributing to Aon Center’s and Prudential Plaza’s LEED certifications.

Prudential Plaza recently completed an $80-million redevelopment designed to attract a more modern workforce.  Likewise, Aon Center is scheduled for a similar transformation scheduled to begin in 2017.

“Progressive work environments, sustainable design, and clean energy-efficient transport are all drivers in today’s tenant location decision-making process,” observed Brian Whiting of The Telos Group LLC, who leads the marketing and leasing teams for both buildings. He continued, “By making this investment in clean transportation, 601W Companies is once again re-inventing iconic buildings to better meet the needs of today’s workforce.”

The new fleet will begin service in December 2016 and be available exclusively to tenants of both buildings. Rebranded as The Fleet, the buses are cleaner and quieter in traffic than the diesel buses they will be replacing, providing a better experience for the riders and community alike.  Inside, the buses feature luxury interiors complete with WiFi and GPS tracking to allow riders to track buses from the Fleet mobile app.  Outside, the buses feature creative and colorful- exterior bus wraps that will play to the Fleet’s nautical theme.

The initiative is funded in part by Drive Clean Chicago, an incentive program from the City of Chicago aimed at creating a greater alternative fuel transportation network for the city’s commuters. 

“Creating greener transportation options and cleaner air for all Chicagoans are key pillars of the City of Chicago’s sustainability goals,” CDOT Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld said. “This zero-emission fleet is exactly the type of progress we intend to create through Drive Clean Chicago. We look forward to seeing how other fleets respond to the precedent this sets.”

JLL, the property manager for both buildings, will implement the new service on behalf of the 601W Companies. Additionally, the firm’s global headquarters is one of the anchor tenants in Aon Center, so many of the firm’s employees ride the shuttles every day. “Along with 601W Companies and Telos, we are very proud of this partnership between the public and private sectors that allows us to be the first privately-owned fleet of electric buses in the United States. The new fleet will provide better service, quicker trips and the added benefit of cleaner air. That aligns with our company values, as well as the needs of these two prominent Chicago buildings,” said Bryan Oyster, General Manager of Prudential Plaza for JLL.

The service will serve two iconic landmarks of Chicago’s downtown skyline, Prudential Plaza and Aon Center, which is the fifth tallest skyscraper in the U.S. The buildings are home to a prestigious tenant roster, including the headquarters of Aon, Kraft Heinz, Wilson Sporting Goods Co. and JLL. Located within close proximity to many of Chicago’s premier cultural institutions, the building’s employees enjoy easy access to Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, Navy Pier and Chicago’s fabled lakefront.

About 601W Companies
601W Companies is one of America’s leading private real estate investment companies specializing in acquisition, development and management of large scale properties throughout the country. Over the past 25 years, 601W has aggregated over 40 million square feet of projects, with a collective value in excess of $7 billion. 601W has raised more than $2 billion in equity, mostly from longstanding investors, and has consummated transactions involving 45 major office buildings, including 12 in Manhattan and 10 in Chicago.  For more information, visit

About The Telos Group, LLC
The Telos Group, LLC provides leasing, marketing and consulting services in Chicago and consulting services for real estate businesses nationwide.  Telos employs a creative goal driven process to create entrepreneurial solutions customized for each assignment.  As Chicago’s only dedicated landlord-representation firm, it has been the leader in shaping the evolution of how office space is utilized for today’s businesses. The Company has a portfolio of over 22 million square feet encompassing historic to trophy buildings owned by entrepreneurial investors to international institutions. The firm was awarded Office Property Representative of the Year every year since 2012, including 2016, by the Chicago Commercial Real Estate Awards.  To learn more about The Telos Group LLC, visit

About JLL
(NYSE: JLL) is a professional services and investment management firm offering specialized real estate services to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying and investing in real estate. A Fortune 500 company with annual fee revenue of $5.2 billion and gross revenue of $6.0 billion, JLL has more than 280 corporate offices, operates in more than 80 countries and has a global workforce of more than 60,000. On behalf of its clients, the firm provides management and real estate outsourcing services for a property portfolio of 4.0 billion square feet, or 372 million square meters, and completed $138 billion in sales, acquisitions and finance transactions in 2015. Its investment management business, LaSalle Investment Management, has $58.3 billion of real estate assets under management. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information, visit

About Drive Clean Chicago

Drive Clean Chicago is an innovative incentive program administered by the Chicago Department of Transportation aimed at creating a roadmap for a greater alternative fuel transportation network for Chicago. Given the fluctuation in fuel costs, vehicle emissions and the lack of infrastructure for alternative fuels, Drive Clean Chicago provides important incentives to help Chicago fleet owners purchase cleaner vehicles that are better for business and the environment. The program is funded by resources from the federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) program and supports Mayor Emanuel’s mission to make Chicago the most livable, sustainable and competitive city in the world.