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SCE SUPPLIES ELECTRIC BUS TO ONTARIO AIRPORT AND METROLINK PASSENGERS

 SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Passengers traveling between Ontario International Airport, Metrolink and employment centers such as the California Commerce Center and Centrelake, can now enjoy a clean break from tailpipe fumes aboard an electric bus supplied by Southern California Edison, in cooperation with Omnitrans and the city of Ontario.
 The 22-passenger electric bus will begin a four-month demonstration on Monday, Nov. 15, running through March 11, 1994. Mayflower will operate the bus under contract from Omnitrans, the transit system for the San Bernardino Valley. The electric bus will run a 15-mile circuit between the Ontario Metrolink station and Ontario International Airport. Its route has been named "Route 76E," with the "E" designating the service of an electric bus.
 "Passengers who ride this shuttle will see the future of clean-air transportation in Southern California," said Diane Wittenberg, Edison's manager of electric transportation. "Clean practical electric vehicles reduce air pollution by 97 percent, compared to gasoline-powered vehicles, even counting the emissions from power plants."
 The electric bus operates during morning and afternoon peak traffic periods. Between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., the bus is plugged into a battery charger.
 Electric shuttle buses are also operating in tourist and commercial centers in cities such as Santa Barbara, Palm Desert, Laguna Beach and Torrance.
 "This kind of electric bus demonstration project helps to reduce pollution from cars and eliminates the diesel exhaust of conventional buses," said Charles Buquet, chairman of the Omnitrans board of directors and mayor pro tempore of Rancho Cucamonga. "That's especially noteworthy at Ontario Airport, where diesel and gasoline powered vehicle traffic can be heavy at times. The electric bus is a great example of how we're using our share of motor vehicle registration fees to help make transportation cleaner for Southern California air."
 The electric bus, built by Special Vehicles of Downey, has a range of 60 to 70 miles on an overnight charge. The bus is equipped with a wheelchair ramp.
 Omnitrans has 28 bus routes serving 480 square miles in the San Bernardino Valley. Between July 1992 and June 1993, Omintrans carried more than 6 million passengers on its routes that run from Chino to Yucaipa.
 The electric bus project was made possible by a grant from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC) and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). The funds are authorized under AB 2766 and come from motor vehicle registration fees distributed under an air pollution reduction program developed by the MSRC and approved by the SCAQMD.
 The MSRC is made up of representatives of the SCAQMD Governing Board, the Southern California Association of Governments, the San Bernardino Associated Governments, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Orange County Transportation Authority, the Riverside County Transportation Commission, the California Air Resources Board and Commuter Transportation Services, a non-profit regional ride-sharing agency.
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 /CONTACT: Steve Hartert, of Omnitrans, 909-889-0811; or Ed Herik of Southern California Edison, 818-302-2255/


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