Sonoma County Transit recently took delivery of its first electric bus. The new BYD 30′ all-electric coach is being readied for service and is anticipated to be placed into daily operation in October. Driver and maintenance staff training is underway.
Sonoma County Transit’s move to a clean-fuel, low-emission fleet began in 1996 with its first purchase of natural gas powered buses. Since 2006, all heavy-duty coaches have been powered by natural gas.
The new bus will be deployed on Sebastopol local route 24.
The Sebastopol City Council voted unanimously on May 15 to subsidize fares for all riders on Route 24, The Sebastopol Shuttle, through June 30, 2019. The “Fare-Free” program went into effect on Monday, June 4 to coincide with the introduction of a new weekday schedule that expands afternoon service to 6:37pm. With the new schedule, the route serves two new stops on McKinley Street and provides access to The Barlow, Community Market, Taylor Made Coffee and the Rialto Theatre.