LA Announces First 100% Electric Bus Line

After five years and $80 million, the Metro G (Orange) Line became the first zero-emission Metro bus line.

LA Announces First 100% Electric Bus Line

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — After five years and $80 million, the Metro G (Orange) Line became the first zero-emission Metro bus line.

Running from North Hollywood to Chatsworth, the G Line now boasts 40, 60-foot electric busses after receiving its first in July 2020. Produced by Canadian manufacturer New Flyer, each bus costs $1.15 million, includes public Wi-Fi and USB ports embedded in the seats.  

“If we’re going to act this decade to save our planet, we need to see solutions on our streets today — and watching these zero-emission buses roll down our roads brings us one step closer to turning the tides of the climate crisis,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti, who also serves on the Metro Board of Directors. 

With half of the $80 million going towards the deployment of the new buses, the rest of the money covers the cost of charging stations and other infrastructure changes along the route. 

The buses have a max range of 150 miles with charging stations along the 18-mile route in North Hollywood, Canoga and Chatsworth.

“Five years ago, the Metro Board supported my motion for a plan to use electric buses on the Orange Line,” City Councilman and Metro Board Member Paul Krekorian said. “At that time, there were still many questions about the feasibility of electrification of the fleet. The success of the transformation of the Orange Line has answered those questions.”

Metro hopes to completely replace its natural gas fleet with its “whisper-quiet” electric buses by 2030. 

In June, the Metro Board approved a $50 million plan to construct a charging infrastructure for the Metro J (Silver) Line.

“Our zero-emission bus goals are an important part of our overall strategy to reduce our agency’s carbon footprint and become carbon neutral,” said Metro CEO Stephanie Wiggins.

“We continue as a transit leader in our march towards a more sustainable and resilient transportation system that will benefit our customers, our industry and our planet,”

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Protestors Call For Change Following Huntington Beach Oil Spill

Protestors opposed to offshore drilling met outside of Rep. Michelle Steel's offices yesterday in response to the massive oil spill off the coast of California.

Protestors Call For Change Following Huntington Beach Oil Spill

HUNTINGTON BEACH (CBSLA) – Almost two weeks after the underwater pipeline leak, which caused a massive oil spill along the coast of California, local residents are still suffering from the after-effects. Beaches reopened this week for the first time since the spill occurred on October 2.

Members of various groups that oppose both the continued offshore drilling and the passage of infrastructure bills that are currently being debated in Congress met outside of Rep. Michelle Steel’s offices Tuesday morning.

Many of the protestors held signs in support of the Build Back Better Act, which aims to provide funding for a wide range of areas including but not limited to the National Forest System, education, weatherization projects, wildfire prevention and climate change research.

Protestors claim that Rep. Steel has a history of voting against the infrastructure bills and has collected money from offshore oil companies in the past.

Rep. Steel and her office released a statement in response:

She is focused on practical solutions that will have an immediate impact on safety. She supports and continues championing efforts to protect our coastline.

Most recently Rep. Steel has introduced legislation that would ban cargo ships from anchoring within 24 nautical miles (or about 27 miles) off the Orange County coast.

Cities have taken initiative after the spill, offering free decontamination stations for oil-covered boats, with some volunteers joining the clean up effort. On the other hand, some local small businesses have resorted to opening lawsuits against Amply Energy, the owner of the pipeline, claiming that their businesses have taken a major hit in the time since the leak was made apparent to the public.

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