Houston Transit panel adopts sustainability vision statement



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The Houston-based Harris County Metropolitan Transit Authority (METRO) board of directors is touting the recent adoption of its initial sustainability vision statement, which officials say includes environmental initiatives and investment.

Key elements of the effort, according to the authorities, are the adoption of a target of 100% replacement of zero-emission buses by 2030 and the development of a climate action plan for the future. agency-wide.

The agency continued its efforts to purchase 20 full-size electric buses and 10 paratransit vans, officials said, in addition to applying for federal grants through the FTA Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant program for deal with the purchase of $ 25 million. electric vehicles and supporting infrastructure. The panel is also considering the implementation of hydrogen fuel cell technology, officials said.

Authorities noted that METRO has joined with other transit organizations across the country to support a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50% from 2005 levels by 2030. .

The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) congratulated METRO for the
Adoption of the sustainability vision statement.

“This commitment is a historic victory for the health and climate of Houston,” said Colin Leyden, political director of EDF Texas, in a statement. “Houstonians deserve a modern, clean transit fleet that reduces pollution and saves money and with a fully electric fleet, Houston METRO can deliver. Mayor Turner and the METRO Board of Directors are to be congratulated for leading this progress and implementing meaningful climate action for the Houston area. “



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