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File #: 2022-0097   
Type: Motion / Motion Response Status: Passed
File created: 2/11/2022 In control: Board of Directors - Regular Board Meeting
On agenda: 2/24/2022 Final action: 2/24/2022
Title: APPROVE Motion by Directors Hahn, Solis, Mitchell, Butts, and Bonin to direct the Chief Executive Officer to return to the Board with a change order for the 100 electric buses designated for the J Line, to extend the range of these buses and to provide the single-seat ride requested by this Board.
Sponsors: Operations, Safety, and Customer Experience Commit
Indexes: Board approved a Motion, Bus Acquisitions, El Monte, Electrification, Hilda Solis, Holly J. Mitchell, James Butts, Janice Hahn, Los Angeles Union Station, Metro Busway G Line, Metro Busway J Line, Metro Orange Line, Metro Silver Line, Mike Bonin, Motion / Motion Response, San Pedro, South Bay Service Sector, Transit buses, Transit centers
FEBRUARY 17, 2022

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J Line (Silver) Electrification Motion

The Metro J Line (Silver) Bus Rapid Transit service offers a single-seat ride, spanning 38 miles from San Pedro to El Monte. This high-quality bus line serves tens of thousands of riders daily, connecting them to jobs in Downtown LA, dozens of rail and bus lines, and Union Station.

The J Line is the next line set for electrification, with the Metro G Line (Orange) having recently gone fully electric. To ensure the success of this new technology, Metro staff have been evaluating locations for new en-route charging facilities and have identified the El Monte Bus Terminal and the Harbor Transit Gateway Center as the best-available locations.

As part of the NextGen Bus Plan, approved by the Board in October 2020 (Board File 2020-0617), Metro staff recommended terminating the J Line at Harbor Transit Gateway Center, in part owing to challenges with battery electric buses with limited range and Metro's difficulty finding a suitable en-route charging location in San Pedro. In order to maintain the current single-seat ride to San Pedro, the Board unanimously approved Motion 40 in November 2020 (Board File 2020-0781), which directed Metro to meet with numerous agencies about the possibility of locating charging facilities in San Pedro and to provide recommendations to fully electrify the J Line from El Monte to San Pedro.

In January 2022, Metro staff stated in their discussion of Motion 40 that, with a change order to the existing procurement for 100 electric buses on the J Line (Board File 2017-0304, July 2017, and Board File 2019-0605, September 2019), new technology could be installed that extends the range of these buses and ensures that efforts to go fully electric on this important line will not impact service.


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