Thousand Oaks Transit to Provide Free Service on Demo Electric Bus March 13-14

On Thursday, March 13th and Friday, March 14th, Thousand Oaks Transit will be demonstrating an electric powered bus on Red Route 3, which provides service between Newbury Park and Westlake Village, with stops at The Oaks mall and the T.O. Transportation Center. Check out T.O. Transit route schedules at toaks.org/government/depts/public_works/transit/routes_and_schedules.asp.

Residents will have the unique opportunity to ride in a state-of-the-art electric transit bus.  Best of all, riders don’t have to pay anything to enjoy the quiet ride or the emission free power of an electric bus.  No fares will be charged during the two day demonstration period.

The electric bus will provide regularly scheduled service ofrom 5:00 a.m. until 12:20 p.m. on Thursday and 12:40 p.m. until 7:40 p.m. on Friday.  Thousand Oaks Transit encourages regular bus riders, as well as any resident interested in exploring what riding in an electric bus is like, to take a free ride.

The 40 foot demonstration bus is being provided by bus manufacturer Build Your Dreams (BYD), with assistance from the Ventura County Transportation Commission and operator of the VISTA bus service, Roadrunner.  The bus has a range of 150 miles on a full charge while providing zero emission transportation for up to 60 passengers.  The BYD buses have undergone testing in New York City, Los Angeles, London, and other cities around the globe, and have transported passengers in regular service since 2012.  Thousand Oaks will be the first city in Ventura County to demonstrate this exciting and environmentally responsible technology on its municipal bus service.

Demonstration of an all electric bus is part of the City’s continuing efforts to incorporate “green” practices and technologies into the services provided to residents.  The City of Thousand Oaks’ vehicle fleet was named one of the 100 most “green” fleets in North America in 2013.

Learn more about T.O. Transit at toaks.org/government/depts/public_works/transit.