Foothill Transit, a joint powers authority of 22 member cities in the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys in Southern California, has purchased 12 more Altoona-tested heavy-duty electric buses from Proterra—the largest-yet US sale for the electric bus.
Foothill Transit became the first transit agency in the United States to use on-route charge electric buses by purchasing and operating Proterra buses. Based on strong performance and return on investment of those vehicles, the agency has decided to purchase the additional 12 buses from Proterra to completely electrify its 291 route, which travels between LaVerne and Pomona.
Zero-emission electric buses are of particular interest in California, where there are many environmental non-attainment zones and California Air Resource Board (CARB) regulations in play.
The Foothill Transit order is a clear vote of confidence and confirmation that Proterra buses truly deliver the lowest total cost of ownership and smallest carbon footprint of any transit bus on the market. Foothill Transit was our first customer and the first US transit agency to go electric with on-route charging, so we are thrilled that they have seen the value of expanding their electric fleet and will use Proterra buses to do so.—Garrett Mikita, president and CEO, Proterra Inc.
Recently, StarMetro of Tallahassee purchased an additional three EV buses from Proterra, increasing their EV fleet size to five, and the Worcester Regional Transit Authority in Massachusetts doubled its initial three bus order to six.
To keep pace with this growing demand, Proterra has doubled its production workforce, installed a second production line, added a second shift and grown its sales staff.
Foothill Transit is entering its 25th year of serving the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys in Los Angeles County. Its 314-bus fleet covers more than 300 square miles each year, carrying 14 million passengers.