TexPIRG applauds Austin's commitment to a greener future

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Gina Goldenberg
Creative Associate

Author: Gina Goldenberg

Creative Associate

Started on staff: 2021
B.A., magna cum laude and Sigma Theta Delta, Wake Forest University

Gina writes, edits and designs materials for the PIRG state groups. Gina lives in Boston where she enjoys reading, running and spending time with friends.

Austin recently made one of the largest purchases of electric vehicles in the United States.

On Sept. 29, the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority's (CapMetro) board of directors approved a plan to purchase nearly 197 new electric buses over the next five years for Austin's bus fleet. The shift to electric buses is part of the citywide plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution.

According to current estimates, transportation accounts for 36% of greenhouse gas emissions in Austin. Most of the buses still run on fossil fuels which increases global warming emissions and has been linked to several severe health risks like cancer and respiratory illnesses.

“Austin’s investment in a clean, zero-emission future shows that the city is serious about acting on pollution and climate change. Rolling out this many electric buses is a big win for mobility, public health and the environment in Austin, said TexPIRG State Director Bay Scoggin.

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Learn more about our Electric Buses for Texas campaign.

Photo: With Austin's new commitment, 200 new electric buses like these will soon hit the streets. Credit: Metropolitan Transportation Authority via Flickr, CC-BY-2.0

Gina Goldenberg
Creative Associate

Author: Gina Goldenberg

Creative Associate

Started on staff: 2021
B.A., magna cum laude and Sigma Theta Delta, Wake Forest University

Gina writes, edits and designs materials for the PIRG state groups. Gina lives in Boston where she enjoys reading, running and spending time with friends.