The City of Baldwin Park has taken delivery of four new buses from Chino, California based Creative Bus Sales.
Two of the buses will be used for fixed route service and two for Dial-A-Ride service. All four buses were converted to run on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). The conversions were performed by Creative Bus Sales at their Chino conversion facility. The four environmentally friendly buses, powered by CNG, are taking commuters around the City of Baldwin Park with the help of a $680,000 grant. It took four years for city officials to gather all the grant money and shop around to buy the buses, but it was well worth it, Mayor Manuel Lozano said.
"It's going to be a benefit, especially for residents who don't have the means for transportation," Lozano said of many residents in the city who don't have access to vehicles. "Powered by compressed natural gas, the buses will cut down on green house gas emissions in the city that sits between three major highway", Councilwoman Monica Garcia said. "Our riders will enjoy the new buses, but more importantly our community appreciates that there's less pollution." "That's important to us because we're situate close to the 10 and the 605 and we already get our share of pollution," she said.
The city received $400,000 in federal grant money, $230,567 from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and $50,000 from the Air Quality Management District.