Transforming Transit, Realizing Opportunity: How Battery-Electric Buses Can Benefit the Environment, the Economy, and Public Transit

This report analyzes currently available data and literature on the operational, environmental, and economic implications of a large-scale shift to battery-electric buses by US public transit agencies. The report draws from information on transit operations, utility policy, public health, environmental justice, climate change, macroeconomics, labor economics, workforce policy, and social justice history; numerous interviews were also conducted with experienced practitioners in these fields. Employment projections were modeled using IMPLAN 2019 software. This report’s goal is to discuss and illuminate the hurdles and opportunities facing transit agencies, communities, and workers in the context of transitioning to battery-electric buses. The report finds that full-scale electrification of public bus fleets in the U.S. could create at least 20,000 good American manufacturing jobs. The policy recommendations include suggestions for: (1) Building out bold electrification programs that center community voices and benefits; (2) Prioritizing environmental justice; (3) Creating good jobs that lift up workers; and (4) Committing to real transparency and accountability. Chapters include: Financial and operational considerations for battery-electric buses; Environmental and public health considerations; Economic and workforce considerations; and Battery-electric buses in practice.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Bibliography; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 100p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01722115
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2019 9:47AM