New Coalition Launches to Transform LA Metro’s Bus Fleet to 100% Clean, Electric Buses

MEDIA ADVISORY January 19, 2017

Contacts: Michelle Kinman, 310.621.8935, michelle@environmentcalifornia.org  Alexandra Nagy, 818.633.0865, anagy@fwwatch.org

New Coalition Launches to Transform LA Metro’s Bus Fleet to 100% Clean, Electric Buses

Coalition to Fund Bus Ads Promoting Electric Buses

Los Angeles — A new coalition of bus riders, labor and environmental groups will launch a campaign to urge the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) to adopt 100% clean, electric buses by 2030. Metro has long been a leader in enacting clean air strategies, leading the shift away from polluting diesel buses in California and across the nation. Now is the time for Metro to lead again, moving from still-polluting natural gas buses to all electric buses. Electric buses can help clean up our air, create good jobs, improve the rider experience, enhance equity, and fight climate change.

WHAT: The LA County Electric Bus Coalition is launching to urge Metro to commit now to replacing its polluting bus fleet with 100% electric buses by 2030. The coalition Steering Committee is comprised of EarthJustice, Environment California Research & Policy Center, Food & Water Watch, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 11, Jobs to Move America, Sierra Club and South Bay Los Angeles 350 Climate Action Group.

Event speakers will address the air quality, climate change and clean jobs imperative behind making the transition to a 100 percent renewable energy-powered electric bus fleet. The coalition will have on display advertisements that it will submit to Metro for placement on the side of existing buses to educate Angelenos about the benefits of electric buses. The coalition will also make public comment to the Metro Board meeting on the launch of the coalition.

WHEN: Thursday, January 26th

8:30 am Press Conference

9:00 am Metro Board Meeting, Coalition supporters will make public comment

WHERE: Metro Headquarters

One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles 90012

The plaza is on the east side of Union Station

WHO:

Alexandra Nagy, Southern California Organizer, Food & Water Watch California

Michelle Kinman, Clean Energy Advocate, Environment California Research & Policy Center

Jennifer Kropke, Energy Efficiency Work Force Development Chair, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 11

VISUALS:

Poster-sized versions of the bus ads will be on display at the event; coalition members and participants will gather to call on Metro to move to 100% clean, electric buses by 2030.

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The LA County Electric Bus Coalition is a broad-based collaborative effort between renewable power and clean energy experts, air quality professionals, organized labor, environmental justice groups, neighborhood community groups, and legal professionals all united in their support of a 100% renewable powered electric bus fleet for Metro Los Angeles.

 

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