The public agency tasked with improving California’s air quality has a huge opportunity to combat pollution and climate change and help the economy—all at once.
The California Air Resources Board will soon vote on shifting every public bus in the state to zero-emissions by 2040. California transit agencies have already committed one third of the state’s fleets to electric vehicles by 2040 or sooner. Last year, the nation’s second-largest transit agency—Los Angeles Metro—committed to an entirely electric bus fleet by 2030.
California struggles with some of the dirtiest air in the nation—but we have the right to breathe easy, and it’s the Air Resources Board’s responsibility to ensure it. Urge the Air Resources Board to adopt clean transit policy that mandates all Californian transit agencies transition to entirely zero-emission buses by 2040.
The cleanest transit option is also the best option for our economy. Electric buses have competitive costs of ownership with combustion engine buses.
California is already the electric bus manufacturing capital of the nation, and the industry brings thousands of good jobs to our state. Three out of the four leading electric bus manufacturers serving the nation are right here in California, with more on the way. That creates factory, electrician and service technician jobs for Californian workers.
But Californian workers, the climate and public health have their enemies. The natural gas lobby and those with vested interests in propping up fossil fuels are working to drag out the transition and snatch incentive funds for electric vehicles away from their intended purpose.
Regardless of what “alternative facts” fossil fuel acolytes in Washington cite, California’s record makes one thing clear: Strong climate leadership begets clear public health, climate and economic benefits, including thousands of quality manufacturing jobs.
Join Earthjustice and our partners to urge our Air Resources Board to adopt an Innovative Clean Transit Rule that mandates that all Californian transit agency bus fleets transition to entirely zero-emission buses by 2040.