San Francisco Approves Switching to Cleaner Electric Buses 100% by 2035
The SF Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Board of Directors passed a resolution to begin procuring zero emission battery buses to replace electric hybrid vehicles by 2025, with a goal of achieving a 100 percent electric bus fleet by 2035.
SF is following the lead of Los Angeles and Stockton who have already done it. It’s a change to the right direction after relying on dirty diesel buses for too long.
“Upgrading to clean buses is good news for our air quality, reduces our carbon footprint and will deliver far more reliable Muni bus service,” said Nick Josefowitz, who represents San Francisco at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.
“Whether commuters are on the bus or boarding the bus, they’re exposed to toxic air in high concentrations, while simultaneously, diesel contributes to global warming. We have the technology to avoid this, so why wouldn’t we?,” said Emily Rusch, executive director of CALPIRG.
Eddie Ahn, Executive director of Brightline Defense adds, “Californian communities—especially those most impacted by poor air quality—are demanding absolutely zero-emissions transit powered by clean energy. Because anything more than zero emissions means more air pollution for our families.”