GET Bus adds eco-friendly buses to the streets

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) – Kern County has seen its fair share of days of unhealthy air quality, but the Golden Empire Transit District or the GET bus is hoping to change that.

Some of these days here in Kern County have made us need masks not only for COVID-19 but also for air quality, which is why dispatcher Alicia Wiley is so excited about the news. ecological fleet.

“The air quality here is really bad, we live like a sinkhole,” Wiley said.

You will see the new fleet of GET buses on the streets of Kern from Monday.

“We’re going to start with two on the road, we’ve got five in total,” Wiley said.

Officials told 23ABC that it took more than a year to get the vehicles and that it was in line with the California Health Resources Board’s mandate that all transit agencies begin the transition to vehicles from zero. emission.

Maintenance manager Chris James said transit opted to use hydrogen fuel cell buses that offer more miles per gallon as well as greater fuel range and more space. for passengers.

“So basically this vehicle has its own battery charger on board, the only by-product of the vehicle is clean water and its zero emissions,” James said.

Assistant Administrator at GET Bus, Michael Flowers said this is the way of the future and when it comes to transit efforts around clean energy he is happy to be a part of it.

“I feel like I’m a part of something bigger than myself and that’s a goal I’m proud of,” said Flowers.

In addition, the wheels are on the way, five other ecological buses will join the new fleet but a precise date has not been set.

James said it would be a real benefit to our planet and that by 2034 they hope to have 100% zero emissions.


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