First All-Electric Bus in Sonoma County to Appear as Sebastopol's "Fare Free Shuttle"

First All-Electric Bus in Sonoma County to Appear as Sebastopol's "Fare Free Shuttle"

The City of Sebastopol has been chosen to debut the first all-electric bus in Sonoma County! 

To celebrate the occasion, a joint event between the City of Sebastopol and Sonoma County Transit will take place on Monday, December 10, 2018 at 10:30am at the Sebastopol Transit Hub on Laguna Parkway (near the Sebastopol Police Department). In addition to hearing from local leaders about the program, guests will have the opportunity to take an inaugural bus ride on the new bus. Speakers including City, County, and Transit leaders will share information on the electric bus program. In case of rain, the presentation portion of the event will take place in the conference room of the Police Department.

The all-electric version of the Route 24 bus, or “Sebastopol Shuttle,” is one of a few in Northern California. The twenty-two-passenger bus has a range of 137 miles per charge and will operate approximately 95 miles per day providing free rides for all riders through June 30, 2019 as a part of the “Fare Free” Program. 

With traffic congestion a top concern in Sebastopol, City Council Member Sarah Gurney said this new bus may help alleviate some of that stress. "The top concern I've heard during my time on the Council is traffic congestion. Our electric bus will quietly get cars off our roads, pollution out of our air, and more people enjoying our wonderful town."

The Fare Free Program and the all-electric bus support many of Sebastopol City Council’s long-range goals including reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and enhancing the City of Sebastopol as a Walkable/Bike-able Community.