Advocates call on Pittsburgh’s Port Authority for stronger electric bus commitment

Pittsburgh is on the verge of leaving fossil fuel buses in the dust — as long as it sticks to its commitment.

On Aug. 27, PennEnvironment and 16 other advocacy groups sent a letter to the Port Authority of Allegheny County calling on it to strengthen its commitment to fully electrifying its bus fleet by 2045. This letter was written in response to the Port Authority’s 25-year plan that commits to a 100% zero-emission by 2045, but still leaves the door open for gas-powered vehicles.

“It’s impossible to achieve a zero-emission fleet if fossil fuel-powered vehicles are still on the table,” said Ashleigh Deemer, Deputy Director of PennEnvironment.

“Given Pittsburgh’s ongoing challenges with air pollution and the increasingly worrisome local impacts of climate change, it’s time for the Port Authority to commit to transitioning to a 100% zero-emission electric fleet, powered by 100% renewable energy.” 

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Soon, Allegheny County Port Authority buses like this one will be 100% electric.


Gina Goldenberg

Creative Associate, Editorial & Creative Team, The Public Interest Network

Gina writes, edits and designs materials for the PIRG state groups. Gina lives in Boston where she enjoys reading, running and spending time with friends.

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