As the owner and operator of Butte Regional Transit, BCAG/B-Line is in the process of converting its bus fleet to zero-emission battery electric by 2040. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) adopted the Innovative Clean Transit (ICT) regulation in December 2018 and requires all public transit agencies to make a gradual transition to a 100 percent zero-emission bus fleet.
BCAG/B-Line staff are preparing the Zero-Emission Bus Rollout, Implementation and Operations Plan to demonstrate how B-Line will achieve a zero-emission fleet by 2040. The Plan will guide B-Line's implementation of a zero-emission bus fleet and help staff work through challenges and explore solutions. It will also identify solutions related to electric service, charging systems, scheduling and timing, routing, technologies, maintenance, and other necessary improvements needed to support zero-emission technologies. The Plan is expected to be complete in 2022.
In order to achieve the goals set for the in the Bus Rollout, Implementation and Operations Plan, underground electrictial infrastructure has to be in place to serve the robust charging needs of an electric vehicle fleet. BCAG/B-Line staff are working with Alternative Energy Solutions to design and construct underground electrical infrastructure improvements at the Butte Regional Operations Center. The upgrades are anticipated to be complete by winter 2021.