Thursday, March 2, 2017
|to be replaced by zero-emission fleet|
A new report and recommendation released today by King County Executive Dow Constantine shows how to completely transition Metro Transit’s bus fleet to zero-emission as early as 2034.
The move would reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve local air quality and public health – key goals outlined in King County’s strategic plans on climate and social justice. Battery-electric buses cost incrementally more than hybrid diesel-electric buses, but have reduced long-term maintenance costs.
“We have the opportunity to further cut pollution and improve the quality of life for our region,” said Metro Transit General Manager Rob Gannon. “We are encouraging the bus manufacturing industry to continue to improve the technology and drive down costs so we can accomplish these goals.”