First in the Nation

Combining its commitment to environmental responsibility with providing a safe, reliable, and efficient transportation system for the region, San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) made history in 2017 by announcing the conversion of its existing Metro Express-Airport Way Corridor BRT route to the first all-electric BRT route in the nation.

Spanning approximately 7.2 miles in distance, Route 44 extends to serve passengers from the Downtown Transit Center (DTC) in Central Stockton to as far south as Qantas Lane near Arch-Airport Road. The change has enabled people who work or study at locations such as PG&E, Dorfman Pacific, Venture Academy, San Joaquin County Office of Education, and the Economic Development Department Qantas Lane office, to commute rapidly and economically.

“We at RTD are proud of our history of commitment to clean energy initiatives,” said Donna DeMartino, RTD’s CEO. “With the nation’s first all-electric BRT route, RTD and Stockton are now leading the charge in providing safe, efficient, reliable, and exceptionally clean transportation to people who live and work in south Stockton.”

In further support of RTD’s commitment to its clean air initiatives, RTD’s Board of
Directors approved an official resolution to declare its intent to convert to
100% electric, zero-emission buses for all routes serving the City of Stockton by 2025.

Find out more on how riding RTD helps ensure a greener tomorrow

Express: Bus Rapid Transit

In January 2007, RTD began using hybrid buses for Stockton’s Bus Rapid Transit service, “Metro Express.” This service was developed jointly with the City of Stockton.

Bus Rapid Transit is similar to light rail service in terms of frequency and convenience but retains the flexibility of bus service while avoiding the costly infrastructure of rail. RTD’s Bus Rapid Transit service operates on El Dorado and Center Streets and Pacific Avenue, connecting the Downtown Transit Center and Hammer Lane.

To distinguish the new buses, RTD created a branding scheme that complements the buses’ design features, created to RTD’s specifications. Among the features, riders can enjoy are: wider doors, lower floors, and wheelchair ramps instead of lifts for quicker boarding; and quieter rides as a result of the hybrid drivetrain and regenerative braking.

Click HERE for more information on this exciting service from RTD!

Benefits:

• Cleaner air

• Quieter operation

• Reduced maintenance cost

• Produce no emissions

• Make almost no sound

• Are 5 times more fuel-efficient than hybrid buses

• Charge fully in less than 10 minutes

• Drive 30+ miles on a single charge

Facts:

• Electric buses can travel up to 40 miles or 2 hours on a charge. The RTD charging stations take about 10 minutes to completely recharge a bus.
• The price of each bus is approximately $850,000. RTD received grant funding to cover the cost of the new electric buses.
• RTD will launch a second all-electric BRT route in January 2018 along the MLK corridor in South Stockton. That route will connect with RTD’s existing three BRT corridors.
• BRT routes move passengers to desired destinations faster than other types of bus
routes

August 21, 2017

California Agency to Go All-Electric on BRT Route This Month,
Will Be the First Bus Rapid Transit Operator in the U.S.
http://www.fleetsandfuels.com/fuels/evs/2017/08/proterra-e-buses-for-san-joaquin-rtd/

The San Joaquin Regional Transit District in California’s Central Valley will convert its express BRT/bus rapid transit route full to electricity this month, says Proterra, which is supplying the Stockton-based agency’s all-battery vehicles.

San Joaquin RTD has 12 100% battery-electric Proterra buses now and is to add five more next year.“With the nation’s first all-electric BRT route, RTD and Stockton are now leading the charge in providing safe, efficient, reliable, and exceptionally clean transportation,” RTD CEO Donna DeMartino says in a Proterra release.

San Joaquin Regional Transit District CEO Donna DeMartino with Proterra CEO Ryan Popple.

RTD has two of Proterra’s now-discontinued EcoRide buses and ten newer fast-charge vehicles, says a Proterra spokesman, and is due to receive five of the manufacturer’s Catalyst E2 vehicles in 2018.

Second All-Battery BRT Route in 2018

“The price of each bus is approximately $850,000,” Proterra says.

RTD is to launch a second all-electric BRT route in January, connecting with the agency’s three existing BRT corridors, the company adds.

 

August 27, 2017

San Joaquin RTD Opens First All-Electric BRT Route in the U.S.
http://www.metro-magazine.com/bus/news/724919/san-joaquin-rtd-opens-first-100-electric-brt-route-in-u-shttp://www.fleetsandfuels.com/fuels/evs/2017/08/proterra-e-buses-for-san-joaquin-rtd/

Calif.’s San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will convert its existing Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Express Route 44 to 100% battery-electric, zero-emissions buses in August. That BRT route, featuring vehicles designed and built by Proterra, will be the first in the U.S. to feature all-electric bus service.

At the time of the conversion, Route 44 will be extended to serve passengers from the Downtown Transit Center (DTC) in Central Stockton to as far south as Qantas Lane near Arch-Airport Road.

Electric buses can travel up to 40 miles or 2 hours on a charge, according to Proterra. The RTD charging stations take about 10 minutes to completely recharge a bus. The benefits of using electric buses include cleaner air, quieter operation, and reduced maintenance cost.

San Joaquin RTD’s BRT route 44, featuring vehicles designed and built by Proterra, will be the first in the U.S. to feature all-electric bus service.
San Joaquin RTD's BRT route 44, featuring vehicles designed and built by Proterra, will be the first in the U.S. to feature all-electric bus service.

The price of each bus is approximately $850,000. RTD received grant funding to cover the cost of the new electric buses. RTD will launch a second all-electric BRT route in January 2018 along the MLK corridor in South Stockton. That route will connect with RTD’s existing three BRT corridors.

In further support of RTD’s commitment to its clean air initiatives, RTD’s Board of Directors will be asked to pass an official resolution to declare its intent to convert to 100% electric, zero-emission buses for all routes serving the City of Stockton by 2025.

 

August 21, 2017

Stockton First in Nation to Have All Electric Bus Route
http://www.capradio.org/articles/2017/08/21/stockton-first-in-nation-to-have-all-electric-bus-route/

Stockton has become the first place in the nation to have a rapid transit bus route that is all electric. The new service starts Wednesday.

Stockton was the first in California to use hybrid diesel buses. Now comes the next step in reducing air pollution, all electric buses.

Bus route 44 from South Stockton to Downtown will be completely electric.

Proterra manufactures the buses and its President, Ryan Popple, says the nation is following Stockton’s lead.

“Almost every major fleet in the country is either deploying electric buses or is in the planning phase of it,” says Popple. “The easiest thing to notice from the buses is there is zero local air pollution and there’s very little noise pollution.”

Popple says the electric buses Stockton has already deployed have saved the city about a million pounds of air pollution and 50 cents a mile on energy.

San Joaquin RTD plans to have an all-electric bus fleet by the year 2025.

 

August 21, 2017

Electrified! RTD First Electric Fueled Bus
https://sanjoaquinmagazine.com/2017/12/electrified-rtd-first-electric-fueled-bus/

In 2018, there isn’t a single day that a hybrid doesn’t pass someone along the freeway. Tesla has made itself a comfy little office in our Lathrop community, and charge stations are popping up across San Joaquin. As technology shifts toward green efficiency, so too has the region’s largest mass transport provider—San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD)—creating our nation’s first all-electric Bus Rapid Transit route.

RTD first donned this esteemed title in 2017, but the company has been striving toward green efficiency for some time. “In 2013, RTD launched the first 100% all-electric bus service in Northern California with two buses from Proterra,” explains Terry Williams, Public Information Officer of RTD.

Funded by a California Energy Commission grant, these buses performed well. “So well, in fact, that RTD was awarded additional grant funding to obtain 10 additional new electric buses this year—four of which have been deployed on Route 44,” Terry adds. As of today, RTD has grown to include 47 Hybrids and 12 Electric Buses.

In August 2017, RTD became the first in the nation to run an all-electric Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route. “BRT routes are known for efficiency—closer to the speed of a light rail—but at a fraction of the cost,” explains Terry. “Passengers reach destinations much faster than with traditional bus routes because BRT routes have fewer stops and turns, and receive stop light preference at intersections if the bus is running late.”

Due to its outstanding success, the RTD Board of Directors has passed a resolution to convert 100% of RTD’s Stockton-serving bus lines to all-electric, zero-emission buses by 2025. It’s an ambitious goal, but with so much community support, and benefits, the future of Stockton’s mass transit is looking green!

The Facts

How long does it take the bus to charge?
Roughly 10 minutes.

How long can a bus hold a charge?
Approximately 40 miles, or two hours.

How much pollution have these buses prevented?
Every year, each electric bus reduces greenhouse gases by 312,840 pounds, CO2 emissions by 208,560 pounds, and carbon monoxide by 793 pounds.

Do the new buses cost more to ride than the old buses?
No, RTD’s low fares remain the same no matter what type of bus you ride.

Are there capacity differences between the old & new buses?
RTD’s electric buses typically hold a higher capacity than their predecessors.

 

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