Big Blue Bus (BBB) in Santa Monica, California announced it will invest $18.3M in Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and California Proposition 1B Bond funds to replace 50 40-foot New Flyer buses purchased between 2004 and 2006. The new buses will be equipped with Cummins-Westport Near-Zero engines and fueled by renewable natural gas, to further reduce nitrogen oxides (NOx) vehicle emissions over 90 percent by December 2018.
“We are making a significant investment to modernize one quarter of our fleet with new and exciting technology that will deliver a safer, more comfortable travel experience for customers and operators,” said Ed King, Director of Transit Services. “The fleet enhancements are part of a larger series of strategic improvements we will roll out over the next 12 to 18 months.”
Seven 30-foot Gillig buses will be placed in service this week, and an additional 20 40-foot Gillig buses will be delivered and commissioned in October 2018. The agency plans to commission an additional 23 40-foot Gillig buses by December 2019.
The average age of BBB’s current fleet is less than 7 years old, outpacing an industry best practice of 8.5 years.