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File #: 2017-0524   
Type: Motion / Motion Response Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 7/21/2017 In control: Board of Directors - Regular Board Meeting
On agenda: 7/27/2017 Final action:
Title: WE THEREFORE MOVE that the Board: A. ENDORSE the Strategic Plan for Metro's Transition to Zero Emission Buses; B. DIRECT the CEO to create a zero emission bus infrastructure working group comprised of Metro staff, federal and state regulators and local utility companies to track market availability and to cultivate ongoing collaboration among stakeholders. The working group will monitor market rates for emerging zero emission bus technology to support Metro's 2030 transition plan: 1. Working group to report to the Board annually with the latest technology innovations to support the cost/benefit analysis of fleet conversion 2. MTA to host an industry forum to solicit innovative solutions to delivering the 2030 plan; C. AMEND the Metro federal legislative plan to advocate for local jobs as a critical factor in the evaluation criteria of MTA procurements; and D. DEVELOP an equity threshold consistent with Title VI regulations for priority deployment of electric buses in underserv...
Sponsors: Board of Directors - Regular Board Meeting
Indexes: Ara Najarian, Bus Acquisitions, Cleaning, Electrification, Eric Garcetti, Hilda Solis, Janice Hahn, Jobs, John Fasana?, Kathryn Barger, Labor, Mike Bonin, Motion / Motion Response, Natural gas, Plan, Procurement, Purchasing, Renewable energy sources, Renewable Natural Gas, Rolling stock, Shelia Kuehl, Strategic planning, Trucking, Zero Emission Bus (ZEB) Master Plan, Zero Emissions
Related files: 2017-0782
JULY 27, 2017

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July 27, 2017

Strategic Plan for Metro's Transition to Zero Emission Buses

LA Metro has developed a comprehensive plan to deliver a complete transition to zero emission electric buses by 2030. The transition plan is contingent on two primary factors: continuous advancements in electric bus technology (which must increase range, reduce bus weights, reduce charging times, extend battery life cycles), as well as a drop in prices as the technology develops.

As electric bus technology continues to advance, our electric grid is becoming cleaner by gradually eliminating coal from our energy portfolio and replacing it with renewable sources. A full transition to electric buses coupled with renewable energy sources promises mobility with significantly lower environmental impacts from this form of transportation.

In order to maintain our bus fleet in a state of good repair, Metro plans to continue replacing its aging bus fleet at approximately 200 buses per year. With firm local hiring requirements in Metro bus procurement, routine bus procurement presents a recurring opportunity that bolsters our local labor force in perpetuity.

In 2012, Metro's U.S. Employment Plan resulted in the award of an $890 million contract to Kinkisharyo, a factory in Los Angeles County, and 404 quality railcar manufacturing jobs. Similarly, Metro can leverage recurring bus replacements to bolster labor throughout Los Angeles County

Metro plans to spend nearly one billion dollars on bus procurements in the next ten years That level of investment, coupled with a transition to all electric buses, presents an opportunity for LA County to demonstrate leadership on combating climate change, and can make Los Angeles the central marketplace for new electric bus technology: a County rich wit...

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