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Agency Milestones

2015

  • SunLine in partnership with The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) Hosted The International Fuel Cell Bus Workshop - February 24-26, 2015
  • Grand Opening of SunLine's New Administration Building - January 28, 2015

2014

  • Held the 8th Annual Fill-the-Bus Food Drive
  • 111 Music Festival - a mobile music festival took place in 13 buses on Line 111 route
  • Held 1st Annual “Pack the Bus” Backpack and School Supply Drive
  • Unveiled the Agency’s two new 8th generation hydrogen fuel cell buses
  • Held the first annual SunLine Student Art Contest. The winning art work wrapped the new hydrogen fuel cell bus for one year.
  • "Beam Signing" event for new Administration Building
  • Held 1st Annual Pantry to People community food drive

2013

  • Held 7th Annual Fill-the-Bus community Food Drive
  • Lauren Skiver replaces C. Mikel Oglesby as General Manager
  • Groundbreaking for new 25,000-square-foot Administration Building and Transit Hub
  • Held the 6th Annual State of Public Transit Luncheon

2012

  • SunLine co-host the California Transit Association's 47th Annual Fall Conference & Expo
  • SunLine dedicates the newly renovated SunLine Learning Center, formerly known as the Zweig Educational Center
  • SunLine celebrates 35 years of service to the Coachella Valley
  • Held the 5th Annual State of Public Transit Luncheon

2011

  • SunLine assisted regional transit agency’s to provide transportation for the funeral of former First Lady, Betty Ford
  • Held the 4th Annual State of Public Transit Luncheon
  • Maintenance bay expansion and Avail / bus tracker technology was implemented with the help of ARRA / TIGER funding
  • H2 dispenser tested and issued temporary approval for sales by Department of Food and Agriculture’s Division of Measurement Standards. Completion of type approval by end of 2011
  • Took delivery of the 7th generation hydrogen fueled vehicle - "The American Fuel Cell Bus”

2010

  • Received EPA’s “Clean Air Excellence” Award
  • Held the 3rd Annual State of Public Transit Luncheon
  • Took delivery of the 6th generation hydrogen fuel cell bus
  • Installed first Ticket Vending Machine
  • Received three first place APTA awards for advertising
  • The 4th Annual Fill-the–Bus community food drive collected a record 10 tons

2009

  • Held the 2nd Annual State of Public Transit Luncheon
  • Took delivery of ten, 32-foot El Dorado vehicles
  • New Farebox collection system installed in all buses
  • Introduced new magnetic bus passes
  • Installed 149 new bus shelters throughout the Valley
  • Completed Highway 111 Bus Rapid Transit Study
  • Upgraded and added security cameras in fixed route fleet
  • Received APTA’s 2009 Bus Safety Merit Award
  • Completed CNG pressure upgrade from 3000 psig to 3600 psig at Div. 1 & 2
  • Held 3rd Annual Fill-the-Bus community Food Drive
  • Installed new SunLine Transit Agency sign at property entrance

2008

  • Hosted the 1st annual “State of Public Transit” Luncheon Forum
  • New fleet of vehicles unveiled (41 Total) with fresh new logo
  • Installed 110 solar powered iSTOPS and 150 new bus benches and trash receptacles
  • Implemented an Employee Team Safety Incentive Program
  • SunFuels installed credit card reader

 

Five Years

2003 - 2007

  • SunLine celebrates 30 years of service
  • SunLine led a coalition of regional transit agencies to provide transportation for the funeral of former United States President Gerald R. Ford
  • SunLine is officially recognized as a California Hydrogen Highway Network station
  • 15 new CNG buses arrive
  • Completed the first Comprehensive Operational Analysis of Public Transit ever undertaken in the Coachella Valley.
  • SunLine celebrates the successful installation of the Nation’s first, large-scale commercial hydrogen reformer
  • SunLine launched “SunFuels” to provide alternative fuels to vehicles in the Coachella Valley
  • First in-service, hydrogen-fueled electric hybrid bus joins SunLine fleet
  • SunLine introduces a hydrogen-fueled electric fuel cell bus with ZERO EMISSIONS to fleet
  • C. Mikel Oglesby joins SunLine as General Manager, replacing Richard Cromwell III

 

Five Years

1998 - 2002

  • 25th Anniversary Celebration begins at the July 1 Board Meeting
  • SunLine Boardroom re-named the Richard S. Kelly Board Room
  • SunLine becomes California Fuel Cell Associate Partner
  • SunLine founding partner in International Fuel Cell Consortium
  • SunLine acquires two Hythane buses
  • Former 1985 Gillig CNG bus #1477 converted to Mobile Library

 

Five Years

1993 - 1997

  • SunDial is in compliance with ADA and service is expanded to weekends/holidays to match fixed route
  • Three SunBuses arrive in Atlanta, GA to transport spectators at Centennial Olympics
  • SunLine installs solar lights at bus stops and shelters
  • Bike racks added to entire SunBus fleet
  • The Nation's first alternative fuel fleet converts overnight to 100% to CNG
  • Groundbreaking for first Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) station in Thousand Palms
  • Experimental Detroit Diesel CNG engine is installed on Gillig bus #1477 for testing
  • SunLine Mechanics are first "graduates" of College of the Desert's Energy Technology Training Center
  • Trial bike racks installed on 8 SunBuses

 

Five Years

1988 - 1992

  • Board of Directors decide to go with 100% alternate fuel fleet
  • SunDial rolls into service with 10 vans and carries over 28,000 passengers
  • Richard Cromwell III replaces Lee Norwine as General Manager
  • SunBus operates the Sun Trolley in downtown Palm Springs

 

Ten Years

1977 - 1987

  • SunLine celebrates 10-year anniversary
  • New Maintenance and bus wash facility ribbon-cutting
  • Operations moved from Palm Springs to Thousand Palms
  • Lee Norwine is General Manager
  • SunBus rolls into service; 22 buses; $1.9M budget, 500,000 passengers