Over the years, the Big
Blue Bus has always maintained a fleet of buses that represents the latest in
bus technology and cleanest fuel sources. As part of this commitment, Big Blue
Bus reached a significant milestone in 2014, becoming the
first transit agency in Southern California to purchase buses with near-zero
compressed natural gas (CNG) engines.
In 2015, Big Blue Bus
became one of the country’s first municipal transit
agencies to convert its entire fleet to renewable natural gas (RNG). RNG consists
of non-fracked methane harvested from organic waste in landfills and is
considered the cleanest transportation fuel available. Big Blue Bus has also
begun to retrofit buses with ISL G Near-Zero emission engines, reducing NOx
emissions in these buses by 95%.
In 2016, Big Blue Bus committed to obtaining a 100 percent electric, zero carbon fleet by
2030. Further, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) recognized
Big Blue Bus with a Silver Status award. The APTA Sustainability Program
recognizes outstanding sustainability achievements which have met specific
criteria through the APTA Sustainability Commitment Program.
In 2017, Big Blue Bus purchased its first battery electric bus with funding from the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) Transit and Intercity Rail Program Grant.
Our fleet of 195 buses
has an average age of 4.7 years, and includes coaches by Gillig (40' and 30'),
NABI (60' and 40'), New Flyer (60' and 40'), and El Dorado (30'). All buses
include features such as boarding ramps, space for mobility devices and
wheelchairs, and bike racks.