To: MTD Board of Directors
From: Jerry Estrada, General Manager
Date: June 19, 2018
Subject: General Manager’s Report
Operations, Fleet & Facilities
Operations welcomes our newest Operator in training, Sid Sidhu, who started his career
here on May 31, 2018. He joins the other trainee, David Rivera, in pursuit of their
commercial licenses and MTD training. Verification of Transit Training (VTT) was
conducted the week of June 4, 2018. As mentioned before, these educational training
classes are a requirement of anyone holding a Class B license with a passenger
endorsement. Our next set of classes will take place sometime in mid-August, just prior
to the start of the fall 2018 Bid. The driver summer bid started this week, and will run
through August 19, 2018. It is our shortest bid and the simplest, due to most schools
being out. We will be starting the bidding process for our next set of service changes, to
begin on August 20, 2018.
Five of the Samtrans Gillig buses have been upgraded with the Clever Devices and Apollo
Video ITS systems. One step remains to complete the upgrade process on the buses.
Because the exterior destination signs on the Samtrans buses are made by a different
manufacturer than is used on all other MTD buses, reprogramming of the signs is
necessary to enable communications with Clever Devices for automated destination sign
changes. This process is expected to be completed shortly.
The CARB workshop for the new Innovative Clean Transit mandate is June 13
, 2018 in
Sacramento. Staff will listen in on the meeting. Mandates for zero emission buses and
renewable diesel fuel are on the agenda. The MTD is now classified as a large transit
fleet with over 100 buses.
On June 6
staff submitted an application for SCE’s Charge Ready Transit Bus Program.
Program award recipients will be provided with funding for charging infrastructure
installation projects. Awardees will also receive rebates to offset the costs of buying and
installing electric bus charging equipment. Although MTD’s knowledge and experience
with electric buses make the District a good candidate, preference will go to agencies that
service disadvantaged communities (DAC) as defined by SB 535. Currently, MTD does
not provide transit service to any DACs.
CALSTART, a California based clean transportation consulting group, partnered with
Ohio State University’s Center for Automotive Research and is surveying transit agencies
that operate battery-electric buses to get general feedback about their experience. The
goal of the collaboration between CALSTART and Ohio State University is to advance
the electric vehicle industry by helping to improve the technology and remove barriers.
On June 6
CALSTART representatives asked staff about successes and failures of
MTD’s electric vehicle program.