Support TriMet bus electrification in the Metro T2020 measure
The Portland Metro region must shift to more sustainable transportation choices for our current and future communities. Bold action is necessary to restructure our system to be healthier, cleaner, more efficient and more equitable. We must dramatically reduce Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) in the region and expand non-single-occupancy-vehicle options. The urgency of the climate crisis as well as our communities’ needs for air quality improvements also requires us to ensure that the remaining cars, buses and trucks on our roads are fossil-fuel-free. Transit electrification is an important part of the larger solution to include in T2020.
TriMet has committed to leading the nation in clean transit by following through on its commitment to transition to a non-diesel bus fleet over the next two decades, as buses reach the end of their lifecycle. TriMet is using STIF money and federal grants to pay the premium required for new electric buses and charging infrastructure, but these sources fall short of the necessary amount to make a full transition of its fleet. Without additional funding, TriMet will continue to buy replacement diesel buses that will stay on our roads (and in our air) for decades.
By dedicating appx. $9M of programmatic funding to bus electrification in T2020, Metro has the opportunity to protect residents of neighborhoods near high-traffic streets from exposure to air toxics, dramatically reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of the TriMet bus fleet, and save the transit agency operating costs over time that can be invested back in transit, including expanded service.