Electric school buses grant multiple benefits including improved public health and clean air for children and surrounding communities, green jobs, and climate change benefits through decarbonization. Diesel school buses are the predominant type of bus sold today and each diesel school bus sold this year may remain in operation for as many as 15 years, locking in a technology that is bad for air quality, public health, and the climate. The equitable deployment of electric school buses throughout New York State is essential to improve public health, advance health equity, and further Governor Hochul’s ambitious efforts to reduce harmful emissions from the transportation sector.
New York stands to benefit from electrifying school buses in several ways:
- There are over 50,000 buses, about 10% of the U.S. school bus fleet, operated in New York.
- Children that rely on school buses are disproportionately in disadvantaged communities and stand to benefit the most from electrification. Students with disabilities also often have longer school bus rides and, therefore, face more exposure to harmful emissions.
- Cleaner air, especially in high-pollution corridors and communities of color.
Please contact your lawmakers in Albany today.