Los Angeles, California – Los Angeles’ public transit system Metro has retired its last diesel bus, making it the first major transit agency in the world to operate only alternative, clean-fuelled buses. The bus was the last diesel in Metro’s 2,228-vehicle fleet.
“What Metro has achieved transcends Los Angeles County,” said Don Knabe, Los Angeles country supervisor and Metro board chair. “We proved from both a technical and economic standpoint that a large transit agency can operate with alternative clean-burning fuels and this has led many other transit agencies to follow our lead. Likewise, what Metro is doing to tap solar energy, recycle and build ‘green’ facilities is raising the bar for the industry. That’s good for our customers, taxpayers and the environment.”
Metro runs the second-largest public transit bus operation in the U.S., with nearly 400 million annual passenger boardings. Its buses log just under 1.5 billion miles per year.
In 1993, Metro directors decided to only order clean-air vehicles, an action that paved the way for other transit agencies across the U.S. to opt for ‘greener’ vehicles. After experimenting with methanol and ethanol buses that proved too corrosive for bus engines, Metro ultimately went with compressed natural gas (CNG) engines. Today, it has 2,221 CNG buses, one electric, and six gasoline-electric hybrid buses in its fleet, which have logged one billion clean-air miles.