Created September 2016

Produced for Southern California Gas Company

Webinar Description:

The Southern California Gas Company hosted this one-hour webinar to discuss the most important development for sustainable transit operations in decades.

Topics covered included:

  • How the combination of ultra-low NOx natural gas engines and renewable natural gas can help meet state emission targets. These breakthrough technologies offer the lowest overall emission profile among all commercially available advanced transit technologies.
  • Real-world case studies from transit fleets that have implemented renewable natural gas and near-zero-emission engine projects (“RNG+NZE”) to achieve immediate reductions of more than 60% for greenhouse gases and 90% for NOx.
  • California Air Resources Board efforts to develop new emission regulations for transit agencies.


John Drayton, Director, Vehicle Technology, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
John is the Director for Vehicle Technology with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro), and is responsible for overseeing new bus procurement, as well as technical and warranty support for Metro’s bus fleet. During the 15 years he’s served in this capacity, Metro has put into service over 2,000 CNG buses, the largest CNG fleet in North America. John serves as the Executive Vice President for the Advanced Transit Vehicle Consortium (ATVC), a technology partnership with the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, and the South Coast Air Quality Management District. ATVC currently oversees a number of advanced technology demonstration projects including a new fleet of battery electric buses.

Michael Pimentel, Staff Lead, California Transit Association (CTA)
Michael is a Legislative & Regulatory Advocate at Shaw / Yoder / Antwih, Inc., where he represents a variety of clients in the public transportation industry before the Legislature, the Air Resources Board and the Public Utilities Commission. In addition, Michael is the staff lead for the California Transit Association, a trade organization representing more than 200 transit-related entities in the state, on matters related to transportation electrification and the ARB’s Advanced Clean Transit regulation. Previously, Michael held various legislative positions in the Brown Administration, serving most recently as Senior Legislative Analyst at the California High-Speed Rail Authority.

Jon Leonard, Senior Vice President, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA)
Jon offers more than 30 years of experience in the development, demonstration and testing of advanced-technology vehicles and alternative fuels that provide low or zero emissions. Jon has a long history of managing high-profile projects involving lower-emitting diesel engine technologies, AFVs and their corresponding fueling infrastructure, and hydrogen fuel cell technologies. He possesses a wide breadth of experience assessing and comparing the life-cycle costs and benefits of low- and zero-emissions vehicle technologies.

Mike Bolin, Market Development Executive, SoCalGas
Mike is responsible for the growth of the natural gas vehicle market for the Inland Empire and Northern Region. His territories have traditionally had the highest growth at SoCalGas. Mike taught automotive courses at the college level for 10 years. He helped launch the Alternate Fuel Training Center at Rio Hondo College which was the first school in the USA to receive the ASE Alternate Fuel certification. He is a former technician with ASE Master status in both Heavy and Light Duty. He still maintains his DMV Class A commercial driver license.