With more than five million dollars in grant funding ready to be put to work, the Culver City Council will hold a special meeting this coming Monday, Sept. 20, 2021 to ‘roll out’ the electric buses that will begin replacing the natural gas powered vehicles that currently make up the award winning public transportation fleet.
How did Culver City come to be at the forefront of this move to eliminate emissions from public transit? In 2018, the California Air Resources Board enacted the Innovative Clean Transit regulation, setting a goal for California public transit agencies to have 100% zero-emission fleets by 2040.
The ruling specifies the percentage of new bus procurements that must be zero-emission for each year of the transition period (2023 – 2040). Those annual percentages for ‘Small Transit’ agencies such as Culver City are 25% of the fleet.
With four buses as the initial investment, and another six to follow, Culver City’s goal is to have a fully zero-emission fleet by 2028, beating the required deadline by more than a decade.
Culver CityBus was named as the California Transit Agency of the Year in 2020.