LOS ANGELES — Mayor Garcetti today announced that the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has deployed its first electric bus on the G Line, formerly known as the Orange Line — the first of 40 electric buses that will be put into service on the route by the end of the year.
“Even as we confront the immediate challenge of COVID-19, we are making a long-term investment in a healthier, more sustainable future with the delivery of this first electric bus on the G Line,” said Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Chair Eric Garcetti. “Every electric vehicle we put on our streets today means lower emissions tomorrow, and we remain fully committed to cleaner transportation options and a better quality of life for all Angelenos.”
The new 60 foot bus is capable of recharging at various points along the G Line to support its operation around the clock. Beyond the 40 new buses for the G Line, Metro is expected to receive an additional 105 electric buses over the next two years.
“We are excited to begin operating electric buses as part of Metro’s bus fleet and look forward to achieving our goal of converting the G Line to all electric buses,” said Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington. “As we continue to enhance the customer experience and improve our bus system through the NextGen Bus Plan, we will continue to make sustainable practices the norm.”
As chair of the Metro Board in 2017, Mayor Garcetti directed the agency to adopt a comprehensive plan to transition its bus fleet to 100 percent zero emission by 2030 — making it the largest American transportation agency to embrace such a goal. To meet this ambitious target, Metro has committed to fully electrifying the G line by the end of the year and plans to convert the J Line (formerly the Silver Line) to electric buses by the end of 2021.
Earlier this year, Mayor Garcetti celebrated LADOT’s purchase of 155 electric buses for the City’s bus fleet. The record-breaking order includes measures to make LADOT’s bus fleet entirely emissions-free in time for the opening ceremonies of the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
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