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New electric shuttles pave the way in Santa Barbara

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One of the new electric shuttles in Santa Barbara. (Photo courtesy Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District) One of the new electric shuttles in Santa Barbara. (Photo courtesy Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District)

Electric shuttles have started making rounds in Santa Barbara. 

The first of 14 new BYD battery electric vehicles serve the Downtown-Waterfront Shuttle on State Street and Cabrillo Boulevard, the Crosstown Shuttle route connecting Santa Barbara's eastside and westside neighborhoods, and the Seaside Shuttle loop in Carpinteria. 

The 22-foot shuttles have modern battery-electric technology and a slightly larger passenger capacity than existing shuttles. 

They will also make it easier for riders to track through the SBMTD BusTracker app. 

The pilot shuttle will continue to undergo testing and drivers and mechanics will be trained on the new vehicle. The new shuttles will begin to be integrated with the old over the next several months. 

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