At their March 15th meeting, the La Cañada Flintridge City Council approved applying for a grant that would allow for the replacement of two LCF Shuttle CNG buses with two electric buses. Currently, the City’s shuttles are maintained and operated under a contract with the City of Glendale and owned by the City. The two LCF Shuttle CNG buses that are proposed to be replaced have exceeded their useful life.
In compliance with the Innovative Clean Transit (ICT) regulation that sets a statewide goal for public transit agencies to gradually transition to 100% zero-emission bus fleets, LCF has partnered with Glendale in their submission of an application for grant funding through the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP). Each bus has an estimated cost of $900,000 and, if grant funding is approved, LCF will provide matching funding in the amount of $360,000 from Arroyo Verdugo Communities Measure M Multiyear Subregional Program transit funding. The cost will not require any funding commitment from the City’s general fund.
“We are taking on common sense solutions when it comes to environmental sustainability,” said Councilmember Richard Gunter. “The transition to electric buses is just one of the things we are doing while we work on a list of items that will make a positive impact on our climate and the environment.”
Grant award announcements will be made in June 2022. If awarded with the TIRCP funds, the City of Glendale will arrange for the purchase of the buses with delivery expected in July 2025.