Each day, buses carry half a million of Massachusetts’ children to and from school, and Bay Staters take hundreds of thousands of rides around our cities. But most of the buses on the road are diesel, powered by dirty fossil fuels, polluting our communities, endangering the health of children and putting our climate at greater risk.
Nearly 95 percent of America’s school buses and more than 60 percent of America’s transit buses run on diesel. Diesel exhaust has been linked to several serious health risks, including increased rates of respiratory illness and cancer. Diesel exhaust is internationally recognized as a cancer-causing agent and classified as a likely carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Getting to school or commuting to work shouldn’t include a daily dose of toxic pollution, or increase the chances that people will get sick. And why would we continue to use dirty diesel buses if they are making the climate crisis worse?
The good news is that all-electric buses are here, and they’re cleaner, healthier and often cheaper to run in the long-term.