At Foothill Transit, we embrace sustainability because it benefits all aspects of our business, while also helping our communities by protecting the environment through measured and responsible stewardship of resources. We believe in sustainable transportation so much, in fact, that we are committed to operating a 100% electric bus fleet by the year 2030.
LET’S CLEAR THE AIR
Foothill Transit has led the charge in sustainable transportation for years. It’s why we were the FIRST IN THE COUNTRY to put fast-charge electric buses on the roads. It’s why we consistently monitor and measure the environmental impact of everything we do. And it’s why we’re committed to operating a 100% ELECTRIC BUS FLEET BY 2030. Because we believe in guilt-free trips. In exploring the earth — not exploiting it. And that with your help, we can make SAVING OUR PLANET as simple as going for a ride.
Through our Environmental and Sustainability Management System (ESMS), Foothill Transit commits to the following.
Even the mini bus we use for parades is fully electric!
Not only are all of our buses low-to-no-emission, all of our company vehicles are either hybrid or fully electric. We recently installed electric vehicle chargers in the parking lot of our administrative offices so that both our company cars and visiting electric vehicles can charge up and help keep air pollutants out of our community.
Our administrative offices are also enhanced with attractive low-water landscaping, or “xeriscaping”.
Inside the building, all of our restroom faucets have low-flow aerators to help us use less water. In addition, both the faucets and our office lighting are controlled by motion sensors, which means they automatically turn off when not in use. Our staff members have kitchenettes on each floor equipped with reusable dishes and silverware, so that we can avoid using disposable dishes when we host events or during our lunch breaks.
Every month, our “Eco Team” works with the staff to help them make sustainable decisions at work — things like turning off lights during Edison “Flex Alerts”, printing on both sides of the paper, and expertly loading dishwashers so that the dishes don’t have to be rewashed.
Both of our operations and maintenance facilities are equipped with rooftop solar panels. You can see in real time how much energy those panels are generating on our dashboard. We recently replaced the HVAC (heating and air conditioning) system at our Pomona operations and maintenance facility with a high-efficiency system, including a thermoplastic white roof. This roof reflects away the hot Californian sun so that we need less energy to cool the building. We’ll soon do the same at our Arcadia facility. The bus washes that keep our buses shiny and white recycle the water, so there’s less waste.
All of the lighting fixtures at our City of Industry Park & Ride are LEDs, which use very little electricity.
We are in the process of constructing a new layover facility in downtown Los Angeles with LADOT and AVTA. This facility will allow our Commuter Express buses to stay downtown after the morning commute instead of returning to the operations and maintenance facility in Pomona — a round trip distance of 68 miles! This will significantly reduce the amount of fuel we must use, as well as extending the lifetime of our buses. AVTA buses, which have to travel even farther than ours, will have the same benefits.
We are working with the City of Covina on a new transit center. We’ll operate a parking structure there. Our goal is to get as close to “net zero” energy as possible. In other words, we want the facility to generate as much energy as it uses. The roof will have solar panels (like our operations and maintenance facilities. The lighting fixtures will all be LEDs, which use very little electricity. We’ll even capture rainwater to use for irrigating the landscaping.
The Foothill Transit Environmental Policy is communicated annually to all Foothill Transit team members and those working on Foothill Transit’s behalf, including all contractors and vendors. In order to fulfill the commitments made in this policy, all Foothill Transit team members and those working on Foothill Transit’s behalf are responsible for incorporating this policy into their plans and work.