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Public Transit Leading in Transition to Clean Technology

Public Transit Leading in Transition to Clean Technology2019-04-10T13:28:31-04:00
  • The transportation sector is the largest greenhouse-gas-emitting sector. Moving to cleaner fuel sources can reduce emissions. Transitcan be a key component of a region’s Climate Action Plan
  • Transit bus fleets are undergoing a dramatic shift in their makeup. More than 21 percent of the vehicles were hybrid-electric in 2018. Transit agencies are testing pure electric buses
  • Capital costs for battery electric buses remain higher than those of traditional buses.  Lifetime costs of battery electric buses have been shown to be lower. Electric buses also have additional positive externalities compared with traditional buses.
  • Federal and state grant programs have been vital resources for public transit agencies nationwide in acquiring new electric vehicles

Although the United States is no longer a leader at a federal level with respect to climate initiatives, cities around the country are pledging to curb emissions. Transportation will be a critical part in this, as it currently accounts for 28.5 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and is the largest emitting sector.

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