Dear Metro Board,
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 to lead again, moving from still-polluting natural gas buses to all electric buses. I am concerned that Metro is considering purchasing 1,000 compressed natural gas buses (CNG) and want to see my taxes and fares support investments in clean, sustainable electric buses. Electric buses can help clean up our air, create good jobs, improve the rider experience, enhance equity, and fight climate change.
Before Metro approves any new CNG bus purchases, we urge Metro to commit to:
- Replace Metro’s polluting bus fleet with 100% electric buses by 2030 and develop interim benchmarks to measure progress.
- Commit to job and safety standards to ensure all infrastructure build out is safe, reliable, and durable.
- Prioritize electrification in bus hubs that serve disadvantaged communities
- Ensure that the buses are powered with 100 percent clean energy.
These actions can once again demonstrate the vision and leadership Metro has long been known for and again show how environment, equity, and the economy can go hand in hand.