First Buses Go All-Electric

proterraThe San Joaquin Regional Transit District is the first in the nation with an all-electric, battery-powered bus service. The district converted its Bus Rapid Transit Express Route in Stockton, California, from 44 to 100 percent electric, zero-emissions buses.

     RTD officials said electric buses mean cleaner air, quieter operation, and reduced maintenance costs.

     RTD’s electric buses can travel up to 40 miles (or two hours) per charge. RTD charging stations take about ten minutes to completely recharge a bus.

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SEMCOG Seeks Input About Future Priorities


The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments wants to hear from  area residents about future transportation priorities. The Council will use resident input to help develop the region’s long-range plan.

      SEMCOG’s 2045 regional transportation plan will describe billions of dollars of investment in transportation infrastructure and operations. SEMCOG plans to adopt it in 2019.

     SEMCOG will use the new plan to help assess the state of regional transportation, anticipate future demand, estimate available funding, form policies, and track progress. 

     Blue Water Area Transit encourages area residents to attend SEMCOG sessions on September 11 at 1 – 2:30 pm or 6 – 7:30 pm in Dodge Auditorium at the St. Clair County Administration Building, 200 Grand River Avenue, Port Huron 48060. For more details, including an interactive survey, go to

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‘Til Later,

Jim Wilson,
BWAT General Manager


About Jim Wilson

Jim Wilson is General Manager at Blue Water Area Transit
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