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Through the use of federal funds, a total of seven new vehicles, including three commuter and four local buses, recently began service with the city’s transit fleet.

The new buses may look similar to existing buses in operation; however they represent the height of modern bus technology including electronic cooling fan systems, web-based real-time engine management systems and near-zero emission engines which are in line with Santa Clarita’s dedication to green transportation alternatives.

In 2005, the city began shifting away from diesel-powered buses in favor of environmentally friendly compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles, in an effort to reach an entire CNG-fueled fleet. CNG vehicles offer residents the same great transportation options, but with a minimal carbon footprint on the environment. The city has just eleven diesel commuter buses remaining in the fleet of 113 vehicles.

Santa Clarita Transit is already looking ahead to future bus purchases, as the city nears a 100-percent CNG-fueled fleet. Staff is currently in the middle of its Transportation Development Plan, which acts as a blueprint for transit services over the next five to 10 years.

For more information about the city of Santa Clarita Transit and its fleet, contact Santa Clarita Transit at (661) 294-1287 or email Alexander Porlier, administrative analyst, at aporlier@santa-clarita.com.