RTD has been proactive in adopting technology that improves the quality of our community. It is because of RTD's ongoing commitment to our region and its unique environment that RTD is replacing its current fleet with hybrid buses.
Hybrid technology uses less fuel and significantly minimizes air emissions, which in turn reduces the environmental impact to our land and water.
- In September 2006, RTD began using new 40-foot hybrid buses in regular service.
- In 2007, RTD introduced into service new, shorter, hybrid buses.
- By 2010, RTD had 37 diesel-electric hybrid buses in operation, with plans to grow its fleet as new service would require.
- In 2013, RTD will complete the conversion of 100% of its Stockton Metropolitan Area fleet to diesel-electric hybrid buses
- On May 20, 2013, RTD will launch its first two all-electric Proterra buses, which represent the next evolution in clean, quiet, and economical transportation technology.
RTD: Environmental Partner
speaking, hybrids provide two major benefits: low emissions and reduced
fuel consumption. To begin with, the hybrid buses produce significantly
lower emissions due, in part, to the smaller diesel engine used to power
Monoxide (CO) is reduced up to 90%
(HC) are reduced up to 90%
Matter (PM) is reduced up to 90%
of Nitrogen (NOx) are reduced up to 90%
The San Joaquin
County community has long recognized RTD for its corporate responsibility
to the environment. RTD has received many environmental awards: three from
TOPPS (Targeted Opportunities to Prevent Pollution in San Joaquin County),
including their 'P3-Premier Pollution Preventer' Award. In 2005, the
San Joaquin Council of Governments recognized RTD with one of its Regional
Excellence Awards for its first two hybrid buses.
Metro Express: Bus Rapid Transit
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.
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information on this exciting service from RTD!
An eye-catching design popularly known
as "the flower bus" was created to
distinguish the new hybrid buses.
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