Ambitious zero-emissions goals are nothing new in Southern California, but one of the region’s largest bus systems announced Wednesday their goal of achieving a 57 percent zero-emission bus fleet by 2020.
The Anaheim Transportation Network, used by more than 9.5 million residents, visitors and employees each year, plans to buy 40 battery-electric buses from Chinese automaker BYD. The buses will range in size from the 30-foot BYD K7M to the articulated 60-foot K11M.
“We’ve been operating four of BYD’s 40-foot K9Ms on our routes over the past two years,” Anaheim Transportation Network Executive Director Diana Kotler said. “We are confident in BYD’s quality product and their support of our efforts to electrify our fleet.”
The Anaheim Transportation Network was created to develop and operate the Anaheim Resort Transit (ART) for the Anaheim Resort District, as well as surrounding areas. The Anaheim Transportation Network was one of 28 California projects selected in 2018 to receive a grant from the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP), which provides awards from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to help finance transformative, reduction-of-emission capital improvements.
In addition to grants from TIRCP, funding for the new buses will come from HVIP vouchers from Sacramento, and money from the City of Norwalk.