Today, the Metro Board unanimously approved two motions that sets the County of Los Angeles as a national leader in the fight to reduce and eliminate transit emissions. The approval of the Strategic Plan for Metro’s Transition to Zero Emission Buses means a complete transition to zero emission electric buses by 2030, while creating good-paying local manufacturing jobs into the future.
“Today’s vote represents an enormous investment in the future of a healthy and prosperous Los Angeles,” said Metro Board Member and Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. “Metro should be commended for developing a comprehensive strategic plan that sets Los Angeles as a national leader in zero emission vehicles. I also want to congratulate my fellow Metro Board Members who voted for this extraordinary leap forward in implementing 21st century clean energy technologies.”
The first motion, co-authored by Supervisor Solis and Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin, and joined by fellow Metro Board Members Garcetti, Najarian, and Hahn, endorsed the Strategic Plan for Metro’s Transition to Zero Emission Buses, directed the Metro Board CEO to create a zero emission bus infrastructure working group to cultivate ongoing collaboration among stakeholders, and prioritized local jobs and underserved communities in future MTA procurements and deployment.
Metro will continue replacing its aging bus fleet at a rate of approximately 200 buses per year. Spending nearly one billion dollars on bus procurements over the next ten years and backed by firm local hiring requirements, today’s motion begins a recurring opportunity that bolsters the local labor force.
“Even though they often experience the most pollution, underserved communities are far too frequently left behind by advances in technology,” continued Supervisor Solis. “However, because of our actions today, our underserved communities will be prioritized for the deployment of our new zero emission buses. I look forward to this new, cleaner future for all of Los Angeles County.”
The second motion, authored by Supervisors Solis and Kuehl, directed Metro to work closely with Los Angeles County to develop a countywide incentive structure to promote and attract more companies to manufacture, assemble, and produce zero-emission transit vehicles and related infrastructure in local communities. The motion also encourages municipal transit agencies and operators to co-procure zero-emission vehicles, and requires that MTA continue to explore the potential usage of new technologies as they become viable.
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