Building Partnerships

Since 1988, ITG has been dedicated to building relationships with local businesses and equipment manufacturers. We specialize in leveraging funding with creative project partnerships.

For every dollar of original funding, ITG has secured up to five dollars from other project participants. 

For example, the Clean Air Express Dual-Fuel Bus Project ITG partners included:

  • City of Lompoc
  • Federal Transit Authority
  • California Energy Commission
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Southern California Gas Co.
  • Caterpillar, Inc.
  • Power Systems Associates 
  • EcoTrans.

These sources provided more than $1.5 million to fund the project.

?NREL welcomes the contributions of Santa Barbara APCD?s projects to the field of clean fuels. The projects generate valuable information on clean technologies that will help bring alternative fuels into the marketplace on a commercially viable basis.?

–Kathee Flanagan Roque
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

The Clean Air Express project marks the first time the dual-fuel technology has ever been used in a highway bus application.

The Nation’s First Dual-Fuel Commuter Bus

In January of 1998, four new dual-fuel buses began operation in the ITG-sponsored Clean Air Express bus service. The engines run simultaneously on compressed natural gas with supplemental diesel fuel, reducing NOx emissions by up to 50 percent.

ITG initiated the commuter bus program in 1991 to reduce pollution from commuters driving 30-60 miles to work in Santa Barbara or Goleta. Today, nine Clean Air Express buses transport more than 325 commuters to work daily.

 

?In partnership with ITG, the California Energy Commission and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory cofunded the first nation-wide demonstration of dual-fuel, CAT C10 engines in the Clean Air Express commuter buses.

Information we have gained through the 114,000 miles traveled by these buses to date has been critical to improving the application of the dual-fuel technology to long-haul and trash trucks that are expected to log over a million miles annually. Santa Barbara?s ITG has an established track record in carrying out successful emission-reduction demonstration projects that can provide information and inspiration to others interested in improving air quality.?

— Jananne Sharpless
Commissioner, California Energy Commission

 

?It takes all the hassle out of commuting, and I?m saving money too.?

–Phyllis Hardy
Clean Air Express commuter from Lompoc to Goleta

In May of 1994, the nation’s first electric schoolbus began operation in Santa Barbara County, as part of an ITG initiative with CALSTART and several other partners.