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Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus not so 'green'?

March 30, 2009 |  1:27 pm

Just how "green" is Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus? Apparently not green enough.

The state's Air Resources Board announced today that it is slapping a $21,000 fine on the bus line for failing to conduct required diesel emissions testing and maintaining appropriate records, among other violations. The bus line, with a fleet about 200-strong, also failed to keep emission levels at no more than 60% of 2005 levels as required, according to the regulator.

The fine was agreed to as a part of a legal case settlement, which includes more "green" classes for staff and less idling for drivers. The Big Blue Bus was ranked best in the country in 2000 on efficiency and quality.

-- Victoria Kim