Larsen introduces green bus law to boost local electric bus fleets
WASHINGTON, DC, May 19, 2021 – Today Representatives Rick Larsen (WA-02), Julia brownley (CA-26) and Derek kilmer (WA-06) introduced legislation to boost the use of electric buses in local transit fleets to fight climate change and keep people and the economy on the move. the Law on the reduction of emissions through the electrification of new buses (green buses) amends the Federal Transit Administration’s Low and Zero Emission Vehicle Program to require the deployment of electric buses by organizations engaged in public transportation.
Greening the US transportation system is a key step toward reducing the carbon footprint of transit systems and tackling climate change. Nationwide, buses make over 51% of all transit trips annually, including over 85% of total annual transit trips in Washington state. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the transportation sector accounted for 29% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the United States in 2019.
The green bus law introduced by Larsen is helping local transit agencies replace aging diesel buses with more efficient electric buses, which emit around 50% less carbon than the average diesel bus.
“As someone who uses public transportation every day, I understand the importance of safe, efficient, and affordable transit systems, especially buses, for hardworking Washingtonians,” said Larsen, Congressional co-chair. Bus Caucus. “Local transit agencies like Everett Transit and the Whatcom Transportation Authority in my district are expanding electric bus fleets to get people on the move while lowering maintenance costs, reducing energy use, and reducing their travel costs. carbon footprint. I will continue to champion a bold FDR-style investment in electric buses and the transit system as a whole to create well-paying jobs, stimulate economic recovery, and build a cleaner, greener transportation system.
“As a member of the Special Committee on the Climate Crisis and the Committee on Transport and Infrastructure, I firmly believe that Congress must take all necessary steps to ensure our nation moves in the right direction to tackle climate change,” including in the public transport sector ”. Brownley said. “We should also help transit agencies that have already set ambitious zero emission goals and encourage others to follow suit by increasing federal investments in zero emission buses. I look forward to working with Congressman Larsen to ensure the next surface transportation bill includes these provisions. “
“We know that investing in a clean energy transportation economy can create green jobs and help our environment,” Kilmer said. “This is why I am proud to support the effort to develop and deploy more electric buses in our region and our country, as quickly as possible.
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Content source: Representative Rick Larsen News Brief