All MBTA Buses to be Zero-Emissions by 2040
BOSTON- Last week, the Senate Committee on Ways and Means advanced a series of bills aimed at addressing climate change and reducing emissions. Included in the package was S.2476, An Act to Accelerate the Transition of Cars, Trucks, and Buses to Carbon-Free Power.
This legislation directs the MBTA to limit purchases and leases of buses in its fleet to zero-emissions vehicles by 2030. That means more effective vehicles that do not contribute to environmental pollution in our communities, and ultimately improves our air quality, asthma rates, and quality of life. The bill calls for a fully emissions-free bus fleet by 2040.
“Reducing emissions and improving air quality in our communities is a top priority,” said Senator Nick Collins, who voted for the measure. “Children, seniors, and persons with asthma and other respiratory conditions are impacted every day by growing vehicle emissions in the city, and this legislation is a big step forward to reducing that, and protecting our environment.”
The legislation also requires all state vehicles to be zero-emissions starting in 2024, and studies the feasibility of required public municipal vehicles to do the same. The full Senate plans to take up this bill, and several other climate bills as part of a Next-Generation Climate debate on Thursday, January 30.