NORTHRIDGE-CHATSWORTH, CA – All buses along the Metro G (Orange) Line are now electric after a $ 80 million electrification process that began in 2016, officials announced on Wednesday.
The buses previously ran on natural gas, and the G-Line is the first metro line to switch to 100% electric buses.
“Transport is not only the largest source of air pollution in our state – it is also one of our greatest opportunities to realize our vision of cleaner air, lower emissions and healthier communities,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti, who is also a member of the Metro Board of is directors. “If we want to act in this decade to save our planet, we have to see solutions on our roads today – and watching these zero-emission buses roll down our streets brings us one step closer to turning the climate crisis around. “
The first zero-emission bus on the line, which runs from North Hollywood to Chatsworth, entered service in July 2020, and that summer the bus route went into 100% zero-emission operation. Each of the 40 60-foot electric buses cost $ 1.15 million and were manufactured by New Flyer.
Officials say the buses offer “a whisper-quiet ride” and passengers can use public Wi-Fi and USB ports embedded in the seats.
“Five years ago the Metro board supported my application for the use of electric buses on the Orange Line,” said city councilor and Metro board member Paul Krekorian. “At that time there were still many questions about the feasibility of electrifying the fleet. The success of the Orange Line transformation has answered these questions. This important moment in the history of the metro brings us a big step closer to our goal: “a 100% emission-free fleet by 2030.”
Buses are quickly charged en route at stations in North Hollywood, Canoga and Chatsworth, so they can travel the 18-mile corridor all day. A full charge offers a range of 150 miles.
The cost of $ 80 million for the electrification process included the use of the buses, the cost of charging equipment and other infrastructure adjustments.
The Metro Board approved $ 50 million in June to provide a charging infrastructure program for the J-Line (Silver) to convert that line to zero emissions within two years. The transport authority hopes to switch to 100% electric buses by 2030.
“Today we work tirelessly to create a greener, fairer and more resilient public transport system for all of our customers,” said Metro CEO Stephanie Wiggins.
“Our goals for emission-free buses are an important part of our overall strategy to reduce the CO2 footprint of our agency and to become CO2 neutral. As the leading transportation company, we continue our journey towards a more sustainable and resilient transportation system that benefits our customers, our industry and our planet, “she added.