V-Line bus line to get two new CNG powered buses

January 7, 2019. Visalia council approved the purchase of two new 40-foot long and compressed natural gas (CNG) engine buses for the V-Line, a route connecting Tulare County to Fresno, California.

   Greg Collins, Visalia council member, said the new buses fall in the line with the effort to improve the local transportation system.

   The new buses for the V-Line, valued at $1.3 million, will replace vehicles that are nearly completing their expected life time service. In a report prepared for council, Christine Chavez, transit management analyst, said the current buses are 12 years old and have more than 490,000 miles each.

   Chavez said these buses are ideal to meet demand at peak hours. Currently, the V-Line has five buses.

   The V-Line is popular for those attending Fresno State. The V-Line has stops at the Fresno-Yosemite International Airport and downtown Fresno.

   The V-Line has grown since its inception and more residents are finding out about it, Collins said. Through November, there were nearly 29,000 riders this year with a monthly average of more than 2,600.

   Funds to purchase the buses will come from three sources, including a federal grant, money to reduce air quality pollution and Local Transportation Funds, which stem from state sales tax revenue. In September, Visalia received a $569,595 federal grant.