LOS ANGELES – January 26, 2017 Today, a new coalition of environmental groups, labor advocates and bus riders gathered at Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) headquarters to launch a campaign calling on Metro to commit now to an all-electric fleet of buses by 2030. By accelerating the integration of electric buses into its transit fleet, Metro can reduce pollution from the transportation sector while enhancing equity and spurring good union jobs and broader economic development.
The campaign launch comes as Metro is considering purchasing 1,000 new compressed natural gas (CNG) buses, locking in nearly half of Metro’s fleet to continued dependence on polluting fuels. 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. Metro has a critical opportunity now to lead again, moving from still-polluting natural gas buses to all-electric buses.