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Advocates Call for Federal Support of Electric Transportation

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Advocates called for federal support and investments in electric transportation at a press conference at Lane Transit District in Glenwood Thursday.

  

  Transportation makes up almost a third of emissions in the United States, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Electric buses can help reduce emissions and harmful air and environmental pollution, and save on fuel and maintenance costs for cities. 

LTD is committed to transitioning to an all-electric school and public bus fleet. Environment Oregon's director, Celeste Meiffren-Swango, called for federal support.

“We have one of the best chances that we’ve had in decades to pass meaningful progress in climate action through federal investments and clean energy and clean transportation through Congress,” Meiffren-Swango said. “These investments would build on and bolster the successes of states like Oregon on transitioning to a future powered by clean energy.”

LTD has pledged to eliminate use of fossil fuels in their bus fleets by 2035. They currently have 11 battery-powered buses in service, and 19 more in production.

 

Correction: An earlier version of this story misattributed the quote from Meiffren-Swango. It has been corrected.

 

Jen is an intern for KLCC, through the Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism. This is her first radio news job. She is Oregon-born and raised and loves writing, reading and recording. Her favorite things to write about are community and social justice issues, LGBTQIA+ news and history, and cultural deep-dives.