About the Clean Air Express

The Clean Air Express commuter bus service is a weekday commuter bus program serving residents of Lompoc, Santa Maria, Buellton, Solvang, and adjacent unincorporated areas commuting to their jobs in Goleta and Santa Barbara.  The Clean Air Express is managed by the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments and is fully funded by Measure A. 

The Clean Air Express was created by the Santa Barbara Air Pollution Control District in 1991 as a way to improve regional air quality by reducing the number of commuters driving alone.  Due to the low annual cost and the popularity of the program among residents of North Santa Barbara County, the Traffic Solutions division of SBCAG assumed management of the service in 2001.  After assuming management of the Clean Air Express, Traffic Solutions expanded the service to include 13 daily round trips, purchased new buses, added the flexibility of a cash fare, and installed wireless internet access on all vehicles.  


Clean Air Express Facts at a Glance (2014)

Daily Round Trips 13
Annual Passengers 221,000
Annual Car Trips Eliminated 201,000
Average Distance of Trip Eliminated (miles) 110
Annual Vehicle Miles Traveled Eliminated 22,110,000
Pounds of CO2 Eliminated 19,600,000
Annual Operating Cost $1,372,000
Annual Fare Revenue $1,050,000
% of Operating Cost Paid for by Fare Revenue 77%
Source of Operating Subsidy (100%) Measure A

The Clean Air Express avoids the use of about 1 million gallons of fuel every year, the equivalent of enough energy to power about 800 homes and the same carbon dioxide benefit of planting 228,000 trees annually.

The Clean Air Express is managed by the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments.