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 prepared the Zero Emission Bus Fleet Transition Study 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 available here and will be presented to the BCAG Board of Directors at the August 25, 2022 meeting for approval.
As part of the process to study implementing a zero emission fleet, BCAG also prepared a supplemental assessment looking at the existing fleet, fuel, facilities, maintenance, and total cost of ownership. The analysis also included a redundancy, resiliency, and emergency response assessment to investigate the risks to B-Line's ability to provide service during a power outage or other fuel disruptions. The assessment can be found here.
In order to achieve the goals set for the in the Plan, underground electrictial infrastructure has to be in place to serve the robust charging needs of an electric vehicle fleet. BCAG/B-Line staff has constructed the beginning phases of underground electrical infrastructure improvements at the Butte Regional Operations Center to accomodate the electric fleet.