Miami-Dade County approves purchase of battery-electric, zero emission buses

Last week, Miami-Dade County Commissioners unanimously approved the purchase of 33 battery-electric, zero emission buses from the manufacturer Proterra, the largest purchase of zero emission buses in the the East Coast. This is the first substantial step made towards achieving the County’s commitment to a 50% battery-electric, zero emission fleet by 2035 since the commitment was made exactly one year prior and is the result of tireless advocacy from environmental and transit advocates.

We are hopeful that these buses will be deployed to improve air qualities in areas that need it most. As MCA Steering Committee member Zelalem Adefris urged Commissioners, “I want to emphasize that when we do get these buses hopefully the locations of the routes will be determined by the disproportionate asthma risk among youth throughout the county who really need cleaner air first in their neighborhoods, because we do have disproportionate access to clean air throughout the County.”  Read the full blog post on Sierra Club Florida News.

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