100% Electric! BYD Bus

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Decision coming soon! Tell TriMet you want clean electric buses

We’re at a critical decision point on the path to zero emission electric buses! TriMet is making funding decisions next week and wants to hear from YOU about whether they should take a first major step in the transition off a diesel bus fleet.

TriMet's proposal includes their first major purchase of electric buses and installation of charging infrastructure over the next four years! They are also proposing many other important investments to improve transit, including expanded service and low income fares.

You can help make sure this funding proposal becomes a reality by filling out this quick online comment form to TriMet by September 25th. Scroll down to the "What do you think" box at the bottom of the page, and let them know your priorities. Some ideas for what to tell TriMet:

  • I agree with the proposed allocation of House Bill 2017 funds, including buying at least 80 new battery electric buses and prioritizing routes through low-income communities burdened by high air pollution.
  • Important funding in addition to electric buses include expanded transit service to underserved areas and fully funding low income fares.
  • A robust, affordable transit system – powered by zero emission buses – is good for our air and climate, and essential to getting people where they need to go without adding more cars to the road.  

As the single largest user of polluting diesel fuel in Oregon, it is time for TriMet to join other transit agency leaders like King County and Los Angeles County, who have already committed to transitioning to electric buses. By making this transition, TriMet will be reducing air, noise, and climate pollution, and will also be saving money over time, allowing them to spend more money on better transit service, increasing the climate benefits even further.
 
Please voice your support for clean electric buses by filling out this quick comment form by September 25.

Meredith Connolly's picture

Oregon Director

, Climate Solutions

Meredith develops, advocates for and implements clean energy and climate change policies and programs to accelerate Oregon’s transition to a clean energy, low-carbon economy.

Prior to joining Climate Solutions, she was a Climate and Energy Attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council. In that capacity, she advanced policies for deploying renewable energy, creating clean energy jobs and increasing energy efficiency in the U.S. and internationally. She also implemented programs to protect public health and improve climate resilience to heat waves and air pollution in India’s growing cities. Before NRDC, Meredith practiced law in the private sector.

Meredith serves as a board member on the Portland Utility Board, and is a member of the Oregon and California State Bar Associations. She holds a JD from Boston College Law School and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and French from Santa Clara University.

In her free time, Meredith enjoys exploring her incredible home state of Oregon with her husband and two kids, and rooting loudly as a member of the Portland Timbers Army.