Report: States should replace bus fleets with electric buses

Group argues diesel and fossil fuel buses harm public health and contribute to climate change

May 4, 2018
The Canadian Press
The Canadian Press

BOSTON—States should move quickly to replace their old, diesel-fueled bus fleets with electric-powered buses to help wean the country off fossil fuels.

That’s the conclusion of a report released May 3 by the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group.

The group argues buses that run on diesel and other fossil fuels harm public health and contribute to climate change by pumping out millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year.

More than 60 percent of the nation’s nearly 70,000 transit buses run on diesel, and another 18 percent on natural gas, while just 0.2 percent are all-electric, the group said.

The push toward electric buses is gaining ground in several states.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is in the process of finalizing a contract for the production of five electric buses.