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February 24, 2010 > AC Transit cited as clean Air Leader

AC Transit cited as clean Air Leader

Submitted By Clarence L. Johnson

AC Transit has been certified as "Climate Action Leader" for the third consecutive year by California Climate Action Registry. The Registry, a non-profit created by California statute in 2001, enables companies and other organizations to create a baseline for monitoring greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. After again meeting state standards for verifying emissions, AC Transit is the first transit agency to accomplish such an honor three years in a row.

In 2005, AC Transit became the first transit agency in the state to join the Registry. As a Registry member, AC Transit has publicly reported its greenhouse emissions, which have now been verified by independent monitoring organizations.

"We aim to improve the overall quality of life for the communities we serve," said AC Transit Interim General Manager Mary King. "We don't think our customers should be forced to accept pollution as a byproduct of transportation. So, we are proud to be among the state's clean air leaders." As part of its pollution control process, AC Transit has operated a fleet of gasoline-electric hybrid coaches, and embarked on one of the most comprehensive hydrogen fuel cell demonstration project in the country. Fuel cell buses are clean, quiet, electrically propelled vehicles that only emit water vapor from the tailpipe. The transit agency has XX new, state-of-the-art zero-emission fuel cell buses to its fleet, along with nine fuel cell cars, and a small-scale, onsite, hydrogen energy station. Transportation is responsible for over 40% of the state's greenhouse emissions, according to the Registry, commending AC Transit for taking leadership on the issue.

To bridge the gap to a completely zero-emission fleet, AC Transit has also begun developing a gasoline hybrid-electric fleet of 30-foot-long neighborhood buses Putting these reduced- and zero-emission buses on the streets has decreased air pollution and improved the health of local residents. By monitoring and reducing greenhouse emissions, AC Transit is taking the initiative to curb global warming as well. AC Transit is one of the largest transit agencies in California, serving over 69 million passengers a year throughout a 360-square mile region. For more information about AC Transit's environmental programs visit www.actransit.org and click environment.

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