LA sets 2030 goal for all-electric bus fleet

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Los Angeles would set a goal to transition to a 100 percent zero-emission bus fleet by 2030 or earlier under a motion approved unanimously Wednesday by the City Council’s Transportation Committee.

The city operates a fleet that is primarily compressed natural gas buses, and the new electric goal would put it in alignment with Metro’s decision over the summer to convert to electric for its countywide bus fleet by 2030, as well as Mayor Eric Garcetti’s recent pledge for the city to purchase only zero-emission buses by 2025 by signing the C40 Fossil-Fuel-Free Streets Declaration in Paris.

The Department of Transportation in January unveiled the first of four electric buses to be put into operation for the city’s LA DASH fleet in 2017.

The motion also would direct LADOT to develop an implementation plan to meet the goal, including all operational, fleet and transit facility needs, and to report on progress already made on existing plans to remove fossil fuels from the city’s public transportation vehicles.

Garcetti earlier this week signed the pledge for the city to convert to zero-emission buses by 2030 when he was in Paris at a meeting of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, a coalition of more than 90 of the world’s megacities. A dozen other large cities, including Paris, Mexico City and Seattle, also signed the pledge.

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