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For Immediate Release

16 October 2018

Monterey-Salinas Transit Unveils New Electric Buses in Salinas

On Tuesday, October 9, Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) took another step toward cleaner buses with the unveiling of one of its two new battery-electric buses.

In an afternoon ceremony in front of Salinas City Hall, MST Board Chair Mike LeBarre and other elected leaders cut the ribbon for MST’s two new electric buses.

Speaking to three television cameras and an audience of several dozen, LeBarre said, “What you see today is our investment [in] our future,” and that electric buses provide “a path forward for a cleaner environment.”

Also speaking at the event were MST General Manager/CEO Carl Sedoryk, several elected leaders, and a representative of BYD, the manufacturer of the buses.

The words “Breathe Easy” are printed on the sides of the buses, and at one point during the ceremony, the crowd was urged to take a deep breath and appreciate the area’s clean air.

In addition to reducing pollution, these electric buses will reduce noise.

The buses are manufactured by BYD in Lancaster, California. West Coast Regional Sales Manager Justin C. Scalzi expressed his well wishes. BYD stands for “Build Your Dreams” and was the sponsor for Tuesday’s event.

Immediately following the ribbon cutting, MST offered a ride around the block to attendees.

When these buses go into service in Salinas, they will be running on MST line 41, which serves the Salinas Transit Center, the East Alisal corridor, and Northridge.

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