Dump the Diesel Buses For Climate's Sake, Transit Experts Tell MTA
2019-05-15 | The New York Daily News
The report, dubbed "Equitable Adaptation," was produced in conjunction with nonprofit immigration group Make the Road New York and lays out 13 ways local officials could quickly shore up infrastructure. Critical among them is banning diesel buses in the city.
"We want to see the MTA take all the steps necessary to take a clean and healthy fleet," said the RPA's
Motor gasoline and diesel fuel emit carbon dioxide, one of the gases scientists say contributes to the "greenhouse effect" and warming of the planet.
The MTA has vowed to make its bus fleet entirely electric by 2040. MTA buses provide some 2.2 million rides a day, so making them electric would substantially reduce carbon emissions within the city. The MTA has already retired its oldest diesel buses.
"The idea is that climate change is affecting these communities in ways that are kind of unique. It makes conditions worse," Freudenberg said.
This year, the MTA brought in new buses and redistributed its existing fleet, resulting in a more equitable distribution of its oldest vehicles. Still, the majority of the agency's depots, which have the heaviest concentration of bus traffic, are in low-income areas.
"They still have a large fleet of clean diesel buses, which are yes cleaner but not healthy for these communities," said Freudenberg, who added that diesel exhaust from buses poses a major public health risk.
The MTA plans to have roughly 60 fully electric buses in its fleet by the end of the year, and is working out how many it will bring in over its next five-year capital plan, spanning 2020 to 2024.
"There is a very cyclical upgrade as it relates to buses," MTA head of buses
(c)2019 New York Daily News
Visit New York Daily News at www.nydailynews.com
Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.