The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has been a leader in advancing clean-air solutions for public transportation dating back to the early 1990s, when it became the largest transit agency in the country to transition from diesel to natural gas buses. Recognizing that its current fleet still runs on fossil fuels and that cleaner bus technology options exist, Metro is about to weigh a big decision to phase out fossil fuels and move to all-electric buses.
On July 27, the Metro board is expected to formally vote on a transition to a 100 percent zero-emissions electric bus fleet by 2030.
Replacing Metro’s fleet with electric buses would be a critical step toward protecting our health and environment.
Metro’s current, fossil-fuel-dependent fleet is adding pollution to a region suffering from the worst smog in the nation, which results in 5,000 deaths per year.
Beyond creating environmental benefits, Metro can craft a comprehensive policy that uses our transit investments in new clean buses to cultivate a more just economy. With robust policies, Metro can attract thousands of good jobs in electric-bus manufacturing and charging-unit installation, especially for people who have been left out of the emerging tech economy, such as women, people of color and low-income residents.