The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, or L.A. Metro, voted unanimously to transition to zero-emission electric buses on all its routes by 2030.
Metro’s board unanimously approved the proposal submitted by BYD last week, which comes after BYD signed a community benefits agreement pledging local hiring.
The board approved a total of $138 million, its largest funding yet, to buy 95 electric buses. The $138 million approvals include $72 million for 35 60-foot-long electric buses from Crookston, Minn.-based New Flyer of America Inc.
According to BYD, this contract will directly lead to 59 new manufacturing jobs at the BYD factory in Lancaster.
The factory in Lancaster currently employs over 600 Californians making buses and trucks, BYD notes.
L.A. Metro is expected to use the buses to electrify the Silver Line bus service, which runs throughout the county, from El Monte into Downtown Los Angeles and then south to San Pedro.
BYD opened its U.S. headquarters in downtown L.A. in 2011 and set up a manufacturing facility in Lancaster in 2013. In the L.A. region, BYD has provided 10 buses to Long Beach Transit and four each to Palm Springs and Anaheim.