MTD Electric Shuttle

Metropolitan Transit District

MTD Electric Shuttle

Santa Barbara Bus Agency Sets Early Zero-Emission Goal

Santa Barbara’s bus company plans a 100 percent zero-emissions fleet by 2030, a year that is forecast to see waves gently lapping about half-a-foot higher along East Beach than they do now. The Metropolitan Transit District was the first in the nation to adapt all-electric buses, in 1991, the agency stated in a press release, and currently has 14 fully battery-driven buses in its 112-vehicle fleet.

Achieving zero emissions by 2030 is a goal of seven California transit agencies altogether, including Los Angeles Metro, which operates one-fourth of the state’s buses, according to Santa Barbara’s Community Environmental Council. “Zero emission electric buses powered by renewable energy will be cleaner for our air, quieter for our neighborhoods, and show the world we can lead on climate change solutions,” said Michael Chiacos, of the CEC.

The state Air Resources Board is expected to set 2040 as the mandated goal for all California transit agencies in January.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

event calendar sponsored by:

UCSB Gifted Las Varas Ranch

Billionaire Charlie Munger finances purchase of “coastal jewel.”

Low-Income Housing Expands in Goleta

Under the watch of People's Self-Help Housing, Villa la Esperanza is fixed up and enlarged.

Group Sues School District Over Anti-Bias Training

Members claim the Just Communities curriculum is "anti-Caucasian, anti-male, and anti-Christian."

Police Dispatch Whistleblower Claims Wrongful Termination

Bridget Bryden says she was fired after voicing concerns over lowered qualification standards for new hires.

First Baby Condor Fledges in Santa Barbara County

Condor number 933 successfully hatches and flies in the county.