Gardena Municipal Bus Lines Changes Name to GTrans and Debuts New Electric Bus

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Gardena Municipal Bus Lines Celebrates It's 75th Anniversary by Changing It's Name to GTrans and Introducing Their New Electric Bus

Gardena Municipal Bus Lines has officially changed its name to GTrans, which debuted before 200 invited guests marking the bus lines’ 75th Anniversary on Jan. 15.

The special unveiling before, the City Council, city employees, invited guests and the media showcased the new name, look and feel of the vehicles, including Gardena’s first-ever all-electric-powered bus.

“On January 15, 1940, Mr. Jacob, the transportation manager, started Gardena Municipal Bus Lines using two old buses valued at $2,500,” said Gardena Mayor Paul Tanaka. “And from the very beginning, starting with five employees and growing to now 149 employees, all of our changes have had one goal in mind, ‘How will this change better serve our customer?’ …Gardena Bus Lines will continue to serve our customer and our community with pride.”

BYD Motors, the manufacturer of the new electric bus, , introduced the first California-made, all-electric, long-range, 40-foot rapid transit buses in April 2014. The buses operate up to 24 hours on a single charge. BYD has more than 2,000 electric buses running worldwide, providing 38 million miles of reliable service.

“Gardena’s move to electric buses provides a ride that is quiet, with zero emissions, reduced hazardous waste, reduced dependence on petroleum and harnesses the sun to charge the buses without using electricity from the grid,” said Macy Neshati, Vice President of Sales, BYD Coach and Bus.

The new name is easier to say, with “G” representing its home city of Gardena as well as the bus lines’ commitment to green, environmentally friendly initiatives.

In speaking of the new brand, “We found the key to success was to be all-inclusive from the start,” said Jack Gabig, Director of Transportation. “Our goal was to make this process collaborative so that everyone felt involved and a part of the revitalization of our brand.”

The GTrans bus paraded for the general public at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 42nd Annual Celebration Parade on Jan. 17, and will soon be in service.

GTrans has acquired two electric buses and plans to add more to its fleet in the future. All buses are being re-painted with the new GTrans logo and a sleek, modern green and silver design. Also new are security video cameras to improve safety and a completely redesigned website, to be released in March 2015, at

Gardena Municipal Bus Lines (now GTrans) inaugurated services in 1940 and is one of three municipal transit operators serving the South Bay sub-region of Los Angeles County.

Jody Slater
Nimble and Associates

Contact: Paula Faust (310) 965-8811

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