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City Services Committee to Discuss City’s Transition to Electric Buses – Pasadena Now


The city council’s municipal services committee will discuss preliminary recommendations regarding the city’s transition to electric buses by 2040.

The discussion will focus on the feasibility study project for the electrification of the public transport fleet for public transport operators in the Arroyo Verdugo region.

The committee meets at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

The study project was developed by the city’s transportation department to meet the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) requirement for all transit operators in California to switch to 100% bus fleets at zero emissions (ZEB) by 2040.

The study highlights a roadmap for the city and its transit services, Pasadena Transit and Pasadena Dial-A-Ride.

According to the ministry report, the transition is proposed to begin by 2027.

The study suggests that to meet the 2040 deadline, a city-owned transit maintenance facility must be in place by 2026, before the start of the transition to battery-powered electric bus fleets (BEB ).

The department said if the transition begins by 2027, the Pasadena Dial-A-Ride fleet will be converted to BEB use by 2033 and the Pasadena Transit fleet by 2037.

“The total amount of funding needed to support the full transition to a ZEB transit fleet by 2037, including investment in the construction of a transit facility, has not yet been identified but will continue to be actively sought out through grants and any other funding opportunities that become available to the city, ”the report reads.

The department said that with a facility in place, transitioning the BEB fleet is expected to cost up to $ 59,978,313 by 2040.

The city has until July 1, 2023 to adopt the “ZEB Deployment Plan” for Pasadena.

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